The Scottish Book Trust Award books 2018: Creative responses

Recently, in English we finished reading Elizabeth Laird’s novel “Welcome to Nowhere”.  It is a book set in Syria that follows a young boy called Omar and his family through the struggles of war.  As well as this we looked at and analysed a poem called “Refugees” written by Brian Bilston. It was a clever and unique poem that when read in two different ways – from top to bottom, and from bottom up – it presented two very different perspectives on the one topic.

We were then given the chance to come up with our own creative response to either of these texts. Some people wrote poems in the style of Bilston on a topic of their choice; some wrote final chapters to Laird’s book or short stories inspired by her writing, and some made pieces of artwork to demonstrate their understanding of the novel.

Photos of pupil work below!