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    Emma Wins the Portico Library Reading Competition

    Emma Wins the Portico Library Reading Competition

    Brilliant King’s School academic Emma Graham has won the prestigious Sadie Massey Portico Library Reading Competition.


    The 15-year-old from Tytherington was one of 108 teenagers from across the North West who submitted a 500-word critique of one of their favourite books. The award is designed to test a young person’s critical faculty and engagement with literature.


    Emma chose “What if It’s Us” by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera, a funny, heartfelt collaboration about two very different young people who can’t decide if the universe is pushing them together or pulling them apart. Emma said: “It’s not a standard love story but explores the mental turmoil of their love, and I have never read anything like it before.”


    It is the third year that talented Emma has received a prize in this competition, having been ‘highly commended’ last year and a winner two years ago. She is now one of the three winning entries this year.


    Emma will be presented with a whole host of prizes at a celebration event in June, that includes a performance from eminent Northern playwright and novelist Jack Nicholls, at the world-famous Portico Library in Manchester, plus she has won a free writer’s workshop for The King’s School. Emma's book review will be printed and published in the latest edition of Time Travellers and the Crystal Dome, a book of exciting stories centred around the history of The Portico Library.


    However, despite her literary prowess, Emma says she doesn’t want to study literature at university but engineering. “I love reading and writing. My parents read to me from as soon as I can remember and I adore books, the feel of the paper and the ink, but I have my heart set on engineering. Reading is for pleasure but engineering is for purpose and when I look at the incredible built environment and man-made wonders, such as sky scrapers, I’d like to be able to do that too one day.”


    “However, reading will always be my passion. You get into the writer’s mind and, unlike with film, you know this is exactly how they imagined it rather than there being another layer of interpretation.” 


    King’s Head of English, Richard Kellett, said: “This is a really prestigious competition and we are delighted that Emma has again won an award, this year receiving the top accolade. Emma is one of those extremely able young people who can turn their head to any subject and analyse and evaluate with clarity and depth. She is an absolute joy to teach.”

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