NET celebrated the inaugural National Writing Day on 21 June, by unveiling a short story written by a local pupil on one of its trams.
The original piece of writing by Trinity Cooper, a student at Farnborough Academy, was the winner of the ‘Stories on the Trams’ competition jointly run by NET and First Story, a national literacy charity dedicated to getting everyone writing.
The event is backed by the Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature and their patron – Nottingham born BAFTA nominated writer, Billy Ivory. The initiative gave local students the challenge of creating six-word stories exploring their ideas of ‘Nottinghamness’.
Trinity’s story ‘Born here, living here, loving here
’ was selected following a public vote and will now be displayed inside tram 232, which is named after Mr Ivory.
Stephanie Moss-Pearce, NET’s Assistant Marketing Manager, said: “Stories on the Trams is a project we’ve been very proud to be involved in. We received lots of great entries from students across Nottingham that celebrated our city’s sense of identity.
“Trinity’s story in particular seemed to capture the imagination of those who voted. We hope that many more customers will get to see the story too, now that it will be displayed on the inside of one of our trams.”
First Story works with young people in low-income communities across the UK, helping to raise their confidence and aspirations through creative writing.
Monica Parle, Executive Director at First Story, says: “Trinity’s six word story is a celebration of the city of Nottingham, and it will be fun and empowering for Trinity and her community to see a young person’s experience shared in this way.
“National Writing Day aims to encourage people of all ages to write. So many people would like to put pen to paper but just don’t know how to start. Writing about something as simple as the view from your window is a great place to begin. Please join us in commemorating the day by participating in our ‘View From My Window’ social media campaign. We’d love to hear your stories.”’
To find out more about the View from My Window and National Writing Day, visit https://www.firststory.org.uk/national-writing-day/
The inaugural National Writing Day – is a collaborative initiative between First Story and over thirty five partners including The Royal Society of Literature, The National Literacy Trust, The Poetry School and many more.