Forest girls win university’s nationwide story-writing competition

Amani Holden and Maddie Hodge won first and third place respectively in Canterbury University’s nationwide classics story writing competition.


Over 100 entries were submitted from schools across the country and from pupils in years 7-11. Each entry was to tell a story inspired by an artefact from the ‘Roman and Late Antique Artefacts from Egypt’ project: a research project by Canterbury University that brings artefacts from the past back to life.


The girls won amazon vouchers and high praise from the panel of expert judges at the university.

‘Our congratulations to the prize-winners and also to everyone who sent in a story. The stories showed just how evocative objects can be when it comes to imagining the past. We hope you’ll keep exploring the ancient world – there’s so much more to discover!’ Said Rosie Wyles, Lecturer in classical history and Literature from Canterbury University.


Amani’s short story has been published on the University’s blog (visit here).