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Phoenix is a winner!

Phoenix is a winner!

We are pleased to announce that Phoenix in 8SJA has scooped a winning prize for the First Story National Writing Competition.

He attended a very special awards evening at The London School of Economics. The judging panel, Anthony McGowan, Kate Kingsley and James Dawson, delivered an interesting discussion around the competition theme of home, drawing on identity and place as inspirations.

We were then treated to the six winners, (out of an astounding 3000 entries!) reading their pieces. Phoenix certainly did himself and school proud, receiving a fantastic response from the packed auditorium.Please come to the il@b to read the published anthology of both the winning and short-listed writers. Phoenix’s winning piece, Homemade Pie, is below:
 

HOMEmade Pie by Phoenix (8SJA)
Rich whole brick house packed with love, laughter and cool stuff. We’ve added comics and a hint
of Minecraft for a twist which turns out a really great home, enough for a whole family.
Ingredients
For the home crust - which holds the house together
125g/4oz being myself
125g/4oz my dog jumping on me in the morning
150g/5oz mum’s smile and hug when I get home from school
30g of light bright space with sunlight streaming through the big windows
1 free-range bedroom where I always want to return and where my things are in their place.
For the filling – the warm nice gooey centre which is where you feel the most comfortable
850g/1lb 14oz Feeling warm and safe inside
25g/1oz fun reading my comics, science and maths
1 tbsp fighting demons and monsters on Hampstead Heath
2 best friends to hang out with, laugh and make cool comics
3 relaxing moments playing Minecraft, maybe more
100g/3½oz of smelling wet earth and raindrops on my face
175g/6oz nice things to eat
2 tbsp chopped fresh calmness
250ml/9fl oz clean rooms
Preparation method
Fill the house with love and it becomes a home. Put the negativity and irritations in a food processor and blend until the mixture resembles happy thoughts. Add the bad moods from school and the grumpiness until the mixture just comes together as a dough. Bring the dough together and flatten into a smooth and calm state of mind.
Put the homework in the centre of a 20cm/8in spring form 12 year old and carefully encourage it over the base and up the sides of the potential.
Cook the talent in the brain until it’s outstanding and extraordinary. Melt mum’s heart with good chores and get extra time on video games.
Preheat the oven to 200C/180C (fan)/Gas 6.
Spoon the filling mixture into the house. Pour over the love and kindness and a few rules, allow it to drizzle down between the layers. Sprinkle the remaining cosy goodness on top.
Place the tin on a baking tray and bake in the oven for 40-45 minutes, or until everything is golden.
Leave the Homemade Pie to cool in the tin for 10 minutes. Remove the pie from the tin and place it on a serving plate. Cut into thick wedges with a sharp knife.
Home is not just the place you live - it’s the place you feel most comfortable… enjoy.
Preparation time
Less than 30 mins.
Cooking time
Variable: from a moment to a lifetime.
Serves 2, with plenty left over for the dog.