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Charlotte takes third prize for ghost story

29th November, 2017 by Jude Owens

Year 11 student Charlotte Grant recently scooped up third prize in the Richard Huish College ‘Brunner Prize’ creative writing competition with her story on the theme of idioms.

Charlotte’s ghost story of up to 1500 words was based on the old saying, “A Thorn in the Flesh,” about a woman who kills her husband (it’s only fiction!). But the reader only discovers the truth in the final sentence when the woman reveals a blade in the fold of her skirt.

A great reader herself, Charlotte enjoys reading all fiction and in particular from Victorian times, and her Granddad has a library at his house stocked with this captivating storytelling genre. Despite her love of fiction by the Brontë sisters, Charlotte claims it is a happy coincidence that she and her sister Emily both share two of the names of the famous Victorian writing trio who famously sold their stories to publishers under the guise of the androgynous fictionalised names, Acton, Currer and Ellis.

Charlotte finds it relatively easy to write, together with the editing process, and she intends to study English Language and Literature at A Level in Kings’ Sixth Form next year. Beyond school, Charlotte has dreams of being an author or a journalist, and says she likes writing as “I can express myself and create a world of my own, and yet share it with other people.”

The Judges praised Charlotte’s story for “a strong start, assured and convincing with a mature view” and praised her for the “well-crafted” characters and the effective twist at the end.

Commenting on Charlotte’s success, Executive Headteacher Mr Ball said: “I am very proud of Charlotte for winning third prize in this Somerset competition. This is a wonderful endorsement of Charlotte’s enthusiasm and writing abilities, and I hope that she continues to refine her chosen craft. Well done and keep writing Charlotte!”