Belle Isle 500 winners announced!

The GATE Community Resource Centre in Belle Isle hosted the inaugural Belle Isle 500 competition awards ceremony on Tuesday (5 December 2017).

Belle Isle 500 is a short story competition for key stage 2 pupils in the area and this year involved pupils from Windmill Primary School, Low Road Primary School and Clapgate Primary School.

The event has been organised by Community Theatre Group and has been supported by Belle Isle TMO, Mears and students from Leeds Beckett University who visited each school on 8 November to deliver creative writing and drama activities designed to inspire the pupils to write.

This was the first time the competition has been held and there were over 150 entries from the 3 schools involved.

There were 10 shortlisted stories with the authors being invited to the glitzy awards ceremony in the GATE where 5 extra special winners were announced. It was a fabulous occasion with food being provided and five of the stories being read out to the assembled audience by the pupils themselves.

And the winners were:

  • Ethel Amin  ‘A World of Imagination’
  • Suzanne Sharma ‘Through the Keyhole’
  • Xiao Yi Weng ‘My Story’
  • Ella Crawford ‘The Confusion’
  • Mason Thorpe ‘Candy World’

Runners up

  • Katherine Margaret James ‘The Day of the Blood Bath’
  • Ruby Kirk ‘Shopping Spree’
  • Julia Dorosz ‘The Magic Door’
  • Suvir Manayal ‘A Kravey Story’

Each of the 5 winning stories will be published on the South Leeds Life website next week!

A big thank you to all the organisations who supported Bell Isle 500 this year … next year’s will be even better!


This post was written by James Major using our Create an article for South Leeds Life page.