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Announcing the winners of HCRI’s ‘Words For Your World’ national writing school competition


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The Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute has announced the winners, runners-up and recommended entries from their School Writing Contest “Words for Your World”in partnership with UK-Med and Save the Children UK.

The competition asked secondary school students in Years 9-13 across the UK to write a letter or speech to the UN on the climate emergency. HCRI received over 100 entries, judged by Gareth Owen OBE from Save the Children UK, HCRI’s own lecturer in response to climate crises, Dr Stephanie Sodero and Sophie Grattidge of UK-Med.

Students from the school also had the opportunity to take part in the competition’s creative writing workshops led by Chad Campbell, author of two books of poetry, Laws & Locks (Signal, 2015) and Nectarine (Signal, 2021). He is one of the poetry editors of The Manchester Review and teaches creative writing at the Center for New Writing at the University of Manchester.

An awards ceremony will be held on July 15 for the winners and guests on the university campus, who will celebrate their hard work. Winning entries will also be posted on Bluedot Fest 2022 as part of the HCRI stand in partnership with UK-Med, alongside the new graphic titled “Sounding the Siren: The Amrita Story” on the disasters caused and aggravated by the climate emergency.

You can see the winning Words For Your World entries here.

HCRI is a leading global center for the study of humanitarianism and conflict response, global health, international disaster management and peacebuilding.

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