Student Reaches National Writing Competition Final

Joseph Chamberlain College student, Jakir Ali, has been selected as one of the finalists in the Wicked  Young Writer Awards 2018 for his piece, ‘Song of Nature’.

This year the competition received over 4,000 entries, making it one of the most highly contested awards since the competition began; being selected as one of the 20 category finalists is therefore a huge achievement for Jakir.

The winners of each category will be announced at the Wicked Young Writer Awards ceremony which will take place on Thursday 21 June 2018 at the Apollo Victoria Theatre in London. Each finalist is invited to attend the awards ceremony along with guests and teachers.

At the ceremony, winning entries will be read out by the Wicked cast, who will be joined by the competition’s esteemed judges, including best-selling author of the How to Train Your Dragon series, Cressida Cowell.

You can read Jakir’s entry, titled ‘Song of Nature’, below:

“As sunlight gleams through the clouds, And night breaks, The moon hides itself, And the morning star appears.

The song of wind is gentle, And the sky like glass, Clear, Like water, Pure. As song-birds sing, And leaves dance, Ripples echo, Like a tune of joy. Suddenly, The sky splits, A loud roar resonates, All is silenced.

The gentle song of wind, Becomes a tragic melody, As a vicious gale is whipped up, And the dashing of the waves, Crash into the earth, Trees bow, As their leaves are torn away, The air once again, Filled with tragic chants. Light flashes, And a lion’s roar crashes, Song-birds, Now silent. Water sprays, Like a savage beast, Enraged, By the angered sea.

On the spur of movement, The morning star, Punches itself through the blackened clouds, And light once again breaks through.

The tragic melody of the wind, Once again, a calm song, Ripples softly echoing, And the shadows chased away. Once again, the song-birds sing, And trees sway swiftly.
All is calm, A gentle song.”

Congratulations, Jakir, and good luck from all of us for the final!