Our creative writing competition is here! We are absolutely delighted to announce that we are running a competition across the next couple of weeks and the award-winning author Andrew Norriss will be marking your incredible pieces!
Here at Smart 11+ Tuition, it is so important to us that children have the opportunity to learn in a fun and interactive way. First and foremost, creative writing enables us to actively utilise vocabulary and literary devices. Secondly, we wanted to create this competition to inspire you to write and get creative!
Today, we want to give you a little insight into what it is like to be a published writer. So we have created this blog to give you an insight into Andrew Norriss’s outstanding achievements and a peek into how it all started.
The Early Days
Andrew Norriss is a British Children’s writer who first wrote Woof! The Tale Wags On in 1989 whilst he was teaching history at Peter Symonds College. Before this, Andrew Norriss had attended university at Trinity College Dublin and achieved his PGSE teaching qualification.
Since then he has published a remarkable array of books including:
- Woof! The Tales Gets Longer (1991)
- Woof! A Twist in the Tale (1992)
- Matt’s Million (1995)
- Aquila (1997)
- Bernard’s Watch (1999)
- The Touchstone (2004)
- The Unluckiest Boy in the World (2006)
- The Portal (2007)
- Ctrl-Z (2009)
- Aquila 2 (2010)
- I Don’t Believe It, Archie! (2011)
- Archie’s Unbelievably Freaky Week (2012)
- Jessica’s Ghost (published in the United States as Friends for Life) (2015)
- Mike (2018)
- Felix Unlimited (2021)
Not only does Andrew Norriss publish children’s books but he has also written for children’s television, including:
- Bernard’s Watch – Carlton/ITV
- Aquila – BBC
- Matt’s Million – Carlton/ITV
- Woof! – Central/ITV; based on the book by Allan Ahlberg
If you have seen any of these shows you will know that it is full of wonder and adventure. For just Aquila, Andrew Norriss got a Bafta nomination, was shortlisted for the RTS Best Children’s Drama.
We are hugely excited that Andrew Norriss has agreed to mark the pieces that our pupils produce for the creative writing competition. Don’t forget that all pieces are due by the 7th of February 22.