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Wiener Library Presents Awards for Creative Writing

In September 2014, the Wiener Library teamed up with drama and creative writing group, Rewrite for their annual creative writing competition. Taking inspiration from a brilliant creative writing session with Rewrite in June 2013, where students looked at documents from the Kindertransport and children's drawings from Darfur, Rewrite and the Library decided on the competition theme of 'War and Peace'.

Rewrite received a large number of entries from keen writers of short plays, poetry, prose and spoken word, who were living in London and aged 11-21.

The winners had their pieces performed by professional actors and received certificates and vouchers from Rewrite and the Wiener Library. Here are the winning entries by age group:

11-15 category
1st place: Visions of Hell by Mikolaj Blangiewicz Rafael
Runner up: Death – a criminal of terror by Mohammed Saaqib Tanwir Hussain

16-19 category
Joint winners:
The War Within by Adeolu Adeoye
The Ultimate Dream by Naomi Mankrado

Katy Jackson, Community and Outreach Officer, attended Rewrite's Annual Celebration eveving at the Lost Theatre to present the prizes to the winners (photographed above).

Rewrite fights prejudice and injustice by bringing young people together from different backgrounds through the power of drama and creative writing.  Our work to date explores issues around refuge and asylum, oppression and freedom and what it means to be a young person today in Britain.

Added: Wednesday 10th December, 2014