Teen’s murder tale scoops prize

A talented Hipperholme Grammar School pupil has won a writing competition after impressing judges with his captivating crime tale.

Harry Parker, a Year 9 pupil at the school, penned “Murder Calls” for a creative writing competition run by crimewriting duo Bob and Carol Bridgestock.

The pair visited the school as part of a Yorkshire tour to promote their latest crime novel “Reprobates”.

In a crime writing workshop, they gave a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the workings of a crime team and offered some top tips on how to write a best-selling crime story. Following the workshop, the students were tasked with writing their own crime story for a creative writing competition launched by the Bridgestocks.

The judges said they were impressed with the high standard of the entries,

But after much deliberation, young writer Harry was crowned the winner and received the specially commissioned Bridgestock Crime Writing Trophy.

Carol Bridgestock told the pupils to “always believe in yourself and your writing. If you don’t believe in it, no-one else will. Never ever give up.”

The crime writing competition has now become an annual event - staff and pupils are now looking forward to welcoming Bob and Carol back to the school in 2015.