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Liz Osborne Writing Prize 2016 – the winners

 

Our writing competition attracted hundreds of entries on the theme of “Why I love living in Newham” from several Newham primary schools. This competition was held in memory of Liz Osborne, our former children’s bookseller, who sadly passed away last year, with prizes donated by her mother.

The judges, Newham Bookshop’s specialist children’s bookseller John Newman, Redbridge headteacher Carel Buxton and Redbridge primary school teacher Rosie Williams read them all very carefully and on Thursday 30 June we were delighted to welcome the winner and runner-up to Newham Bookshop to receive their prizes and certificates.

The winner is La’Karla Edwards-Webb, who is in Year 5 at Gallions Primary School. La’Karla received a voucher for £30 to buy books at the Bookshop. The runner-up is Edward Black, who is in Year 6 at Park Primary School. Edward received a voucher for £20. Their schools also received vouchers to buy books: £250 for Gallions Primary School and £150 for Park Primary School.

The winning entries, right, are poems describing all the good things about the London 2012 host borough. Both winners wrote their poems for homework, in one sitting.

In addition to the prizewinners, there were seven entries which were highly commended, from these children: Marzanul Islam in Year 5 at Brampton Primary School; Ilaksana Ravindran and Rogash Bavan, both in Year 4 at Nelson Primary School; Matilda Hind, Rayham Salim and Safiya Abed, all in Year 4 at Park Primary School; and Jeffrey Owusu-Boateng in Year 6 at Vicarage Primary School.

 

Winner: La’Karla Edwards-Webb

La'Karla Edwards<br>-Webb

I’ve lived in Newham for years and years.
Lots of things have brought me tears
Happiness and laughter all at the same time
I live in Newham and Newham is mine.

I have never learnt the cockney slang
I speak with my own Jamaican twang.
Probably will live here all my life
Get married and become a wife.

Love the parks filled with trees
Wild flowers, butterflies and bees.
Great walks with family and friends
Lots to do, the fun never ends.

New and old buildings standing together
Always there whatever the weather.
The River Thames flows gently by
Watch the sunset disappear from the sky.

Swimming, running in Olympic style
You need to catch your breath after a while.
Allotments for gardening, grow your own!
Healthy living at school and at home.

Multicultural and diverse place
Foods to be eaten from any place.
We live together as one.
Newham is so much fun!

 

Runner-up: Edward Black

Edwards Black

Trains, planes and the Olympic Games,
I love living in Newham.
Fountains, shops and not many raindrops,
What could be better?
Striking displays and good weather days,
What more could you ask for?
Great public transport and an international airport,
Everyone wants to visit.
Bike riding lanes and schools for hungry brains,
What awesome education.
Famous landmarks and memorable remarks,
Always something new to see.
Climbing trees and dirty knees,
This is the way to live.
The colour is pink with many transport links,
It’s easy to get to Newham.
Different cultures all living together,
What a well-managed borough.
Free music lessons and good progression,
This is the life of a child.
Wildlife in the parks and dogs with happy barks,
What a special place to be.
Jobs for all as long as you go to school,
Opportunities for everyone.
Police, fireman and doctors ready.
I love living in Newham because I feel safe.

 

Forthcoming events


Thursday 28 September at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

Iain Sinclair: The Last London

Thursday 12 October at 7.30 pm
at Wanstead Library

The Potato Show
An evening with John Hegley
Redbridge Libraries’ Fabula Festival

Friday 13 October at 7.30 pm
at Wanstead Library

Lottie Moggach: Under the Sun
Redbridge Libraries’ Fabula Festival

Thursday 26 October at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

Travis Elborough: The Vinyl Countdown

Wednesday 1 November at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

The Gentle Author: East End Vernacular

Thursday 16 November at 7.30 pm
at Conway Hall

Michael Rosen: So They Call You Pisher!
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Friday 24 November at 7.30 pm
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Lucinda Hawksley
Dickens and Christmas

Past events and news


Chris Difford: Some Fantastic Place

Donal Ryan and Sarah Winman
in conversation

Mark Thomas: The Liar’s Quartet

Jacqueline Wilson: Wave Me Goodbye

Stuart Heritage and Jonathan Dean
Writing Family

Julian Woodford
The Boss of Bethnal Green

Will Ashon: Strange Labyrinth

Dave Randall: Sound System
The Political Power of Music

Peter Walker: Bike Nation
How Cycling Can Save the World

Eugenia Cheng: Beyond Infinity

Jake Arnott: The Fatal Tree

Michael Rosen
The Disappearance of Émile Zola

Fundraising event for
refugee charity Care4Calais
Poetry and prose readings with
Julie Christie, Niall Buggy,
David Calder, Andy de la Tour
and Susan Wooldridge

Book signing on publication day
Nadiya Hussain
The Secret Lives of the Amir Sisters

Shami Chakrabarti discusses
the importance of libraries
Inaugural annual Lantern Lecture