Morris Gleitzman

Morris Gleitzman Writing Competition 2019

The current Australian Children’s Laureate, Morris Gleitzman was in Tasmania on 26 and 27 June 2019. During his visit, he spoke to grade 5 and 6 students, teachers, parents, and senior students in locations around the State, inspiring them to read, explore writing and embrace learning.
The visit was organised by Libraries Tasmania in conjunction with the Australian Children's Laureate Foundation.
Morris Gleitzman at the Derwent Entertainment Centre.jpg Morris Gleitzman with grade 5 and 6 pupils at the Derwent Entertainment Centre, Hobart
During his visit, he also announced the winners of the Morris Gleitzman Writing Competition. The competition invited grade 5 and 6 pupils around Tasmania to write an amusing or funny story in under 500 words; more than 300 entries were received. The winners are listed below, along with some photographs.

'Mary Droppings' by Abby from Molesworth Primary School
Southern Grade 5 winner. Read Mary Droppings by Abby.
Judges' comments: "I laughed out loud at the sheer ingenuity of the ending of this one. A lovely story, well developed. Original and surprising."
Morris Gleitzman Abby and Nellie (Left to right) Morris Gleitzman, Nellie (Fahan), and Abby (Molesworth Primary)

'The Story of My Life' by Nellie from Fahan School
Southern grade 6 winner. Read The Story of My Life by Nellie.
Judges' comments: "Heroic and hilarious story of a baby who renames herself Zeus the Great and Powerful and escapes a life of baked beans. Confident and accomplished writing. Terrific voice."
"Imaginative, funny and well-structured with a clever diary format which suits the story perfectly."

'School' by Sadie-May from Port Sorell Primary School
Northern grade 5 winner. Read School by Sadie-May.
P1500234.JPG Sadie-May proudly showing off the prizes she won for her story School

'The Metal Menace!' by Bridgid from St Thomas More's Primary School
Northern grade 6 winner. Read The Metal Menace by Bridgid.
Morris Gleitzman with northern grade 6 winner Bridgid from St Thomas Mores Primary School.png
Morris Gleitzman and Bridgid from St Thomas More's Primary School

Libraries Tasmania CEO, Liz Jack said "It was wonderful to have such a world-renowned author as Morris Gleitzman sharing his love of stories with students and adults alike. He’s a massive fan of libraries too, telling us that the air in the library “tingles” with all the creative juices and ideas of writers, readers and librarians mixing together. His audiences were enthralled (and undoubtedly inspired) by his entertaining and insightful words of wisdom!"

Mr Gleitzman was impressed with the competition entries, and praised and encouraged the children to continue writing.

Did you enter the Morris Gleitzman writing competition?

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