A BUDDING author was crowned winner of a creative writing competition with her water pollution story.
Jazmin Daley crafted A Droplet’s Journey for the competition Water Stories, run by Birmingham Stories- the National Literacy Trust’s campaign in the city.
The competition was part of research at the University of Birmingham to use the written word to raise awareness of the urgency of the climate crisis, and related water crisis.
The years 7 Lode Heath School pupil fought off fierce competition from 450 young writers across Birmingham to claim first prize – a visit from author Sita Bramachari.
Sita visited Lode Heath School to congratulate Jazmin and to run a writing workshop for her fellow pupils.
She signed books and gave Jazmin a memento ‘holy stone’ to further encourage her on her path towards a writing career.
Sita said: “A Droplet’s Journey, our winning story in Birmingham, contains a highly original plot involving the journey of an energetic, empathetic rain drop entering the water supply and travelling across the globe. It was a joy to read and contains a powerful message against complacency; people being satisfied and smug in their own lives while polluting the world’s water.
“The reach of this story really stuck with me when reviewing the entries.”
Sita, author of award-winning children’s books including ‘Artichoke Hearts’, a Waterstone’s Children’s Book prize winner, is also a spokesperson for diversity in children’s literature.