12 Words of Winter Competition

Can you write a story in just 12 words?library snow

This year we’re taking part in the ’12 Words of Winter’ competition, which challenges people to write a story on the theme of winter in 12 words. The story doesn’t have to rhyme.

Last year’s winning story was:

‘Mr Snowman needed a cuddle, the sun agreed… now he’s a puddle.’


Think you can do better? Then email the library with your entry by midday on Thursday 5th December. There will be prizes for the best entries and the best overall pupil entry will then be entered into the national competition to compete against the winners from other schools across the country.

Here is a sample of our entries:

  A Thriller 

Winter killed autumn; autumn killed summer; summer killed spring; spring killed winter.’


‘Skating, dark surrounds, ice slicker than blades can stick. Snowflakes melt crimson.’

‘On snow covered earth, bullets fly, men fall, the war, began ending.’

‘Someone meddled with Santa’s minced pies, he fell asleep and later died’

Remember it doesn’t have to rhyme!

‘Putting the Library at the Heart of Your School’ – 18th November at Wellington College

HMC Professional Development Conference for Librarians – at Wellington College 18th Nov 2013

Tomorrow we look forward to welcoming around 50 fellow school librarians for an exciting day of sharing ideas, listening to speakers and discussing school library issues.

The theme of the conference is ‘Putting the library at the heart of your school’

We look forward to welcoming the following speakers:

  • Ann Harding, independent trainer with 15 years of library experience – Reading for pleasure: promoting reading in senior schools
  • Chris Powis, Head of Library and Learning Services, The University of Northampton – Teaching Skills for Librarians

Workshops in the Mallinson Library:

  • Nicola McNee, Kingswood School Librarian – Using social media in librarianship
  • Tom Wayman, Head of English, Wellington College – whole school reading project
  •  Lucy Atherton(that’s me) and my colleague Helen Dahlke, Wellington College Librarian, will be running a workshop on e-books and the e-library

You will also have the opportunity to talk to:

  • Joyce Martin, Director JCS Online Resources
  • Catherine Allen, from Touch Press educational apps
  • Lizzie Duffy, from Browns Books for Students – VLEbooks. Find out more about the VLEbooks e-book platform for schools.


If you would like to Tweet on the day we are suggesting using the hashtag #HMClib13 so that I can storify tweets from the day – bringing together all your thoughts and ideas in an easily readable format.


Five Books and Tweeting Manatees

Five Books

I’ve just discovered this fantastic book recommendation site. Five Books asks authors and experts to recommend the best books in their subject. In an interview they then discuss why the books are important and what they are about. You can browse by topic or interview or search for a particular book or author/expert. It covers a huge range of subjects range from Espionage to The Mind and Comedy to How to Be Good.

Try Tom Holland on Ancient Rome, Jo Nesbo on Norwegian Crime Writing or Marcus du Sautoy on The Beauty of Maths. There’s a whole section on Being a Parent and plenty of Fiction suggestions too. Definitely something for everyone on this very attractive website.

Follow @tweetingmanatee on Twitter for updates on interviews and authors.

If you would like the Library to order any of the books you discover or want to check stock email library@wellingoncollege.org.uk  or drop into the library.