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09 November 2021

Posted by Tabby Hayward

NEVER SUCH INNOCENCE (AGAIN)

This week we were looking at the brilliant Never Such Innocence competition, which this year has the theme of 'Life After Conflict'.

We started by looking at pictures of war memorials in Dorset and Hampshire and thinking about what they represent, why they're here and why they might look the way that they do. Using this as a starting point the young writers wrote their own pieces about a war memorial, which could be in this world or another, and commemorating any war.

Next, we looked at the key words of this year's competition: Resolve. Recover. Reflect. Rebuild. Remember.

We looked at their definitions and thought about how their meanings had overlaps but were all subtly different.

Next, we used the competition's own resources as a starting point to start researching various ideas about life after conflict, historically, now, and around the world, and used this research as a starting point for our own pieces. Many of these are developing really excitingly, and we will revisit this competition in the new year to finish up submissions before the deadline!

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