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Ipswich students’ short story success

PUBLISHED: 10:39 20 October 2018

Hannah Baker, English teacher at Lindbergh Campus, with the ‘Stranger Sagas’ international book and some of the students’ winning short stories on display at the school Picture: LAURA LEEDER / RAEDWALD TRUST

Hannah Baker, English teacher at Lindbergh Campus, with the ‘Stranger Sagas’ international book and some of the students’ winning short stories on display at the school Picture: LAURA LEEDER / RAEDWALD TRUST

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Eight students at the Lindbergh Campus in Ipswich, which provides alternative education as part of the Raedwald Trust, have had their stories published in an international book as part of a short story competition.

The Year 10 and 11 students were selected out of 30,000 entries for the Young Writers’ Stranger Sagas book, inspired by the Netflix sci-fi thriller, Stranger Things.

Studeents were asked to write a 100-word opening to a mystery, thriller, sci-fi or horror story.

Entries were then shortlisted and published in regional books across the UK, with the top stories collated into an international book featuring a selection of short stories from young people around the world.

Hannah Baker, English teacher at the Lindbergh Campus, said: “The competition was a great opportunity for the students to think creatively. They really enjoyed writing their own short stories and are incredibly proud to see their names published in an international book.

“It’s a fantastic achievement, especially as students at the Lindbergh Campus all face a number of different challenges in their education.

“Many of our students struggle with dyslexia, learning difficulties and behavioural issues, and some speak English as a second language, so it’s fantastic that they have achieved recognition as published young writers.”

The Raedwald Trust offers Alternative Provision for students who are unable to attend mainstream schools due to exclusion, behavioural issues or short and long-term illness at eight locations around Ipswich.

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