Memory of much loved Trimley man is honoured during annual creative writing competition

Memory of much loved Trimley man is honoured during annual creative writing competition

Some talented scribes from the county put pen to paper as part of a writing competition that is held annually in memory of a Trimley man who suddenly passed away in 2016.

This was the fifth time that this occasion had taken place at Suffolk New College as part of a tribute to an award winning former teacher called Steve Ransom. (Mr Ransom won a Radio 5 award for a radio play).

Mr Ransom came into the teaching profession as part of a second career (before teaching he worked in insurance) and he has left a lasting legacy at his former place of work thanks to this annual celebration of creativity.

In total around 50 students and staff submitted their work into eight categories ranging from flash fiction to poetry.

The overall winner was chosen by former East Anglia Daily Times editor and college ambassador, Terry Hunt. Mr Hunt said:

“Thanks for asking me to be involved once again in this wonderful event. It is one of the favourite things that I do in the course of a year. I loved reading the pieces of work. There is so much talent at Suffolk New College amongst the students and the staff. Words are the best way of communicating and it’s so encouraging to see so many people feel the same way as I do.”
Terry Hunt
Terry Hunt

Mr Hunt chose 16 year old Andrew Fitch as the best of the best and overall winner for his story called The Tale of Yoshitsune,

The action packed adventure was a tale about a Japanese Samurai fighter that incorporated honour, jealousy and loyalty. Andrew received a certificate and vouchers for his efforts.

The entry level vocational student, said:

“I was shocked to win and it took a few days to sink in. It (winning) has given me the confidence to share my ideas in the future and I’d like to thank my tutors and leaning support assistants for their guidance.”
Andrew Fitch
Andrew Fitch

Other winners (who also received prizes and certificates) were Willow King, Curtis Jay, Ali Clements, Seraphine Twibanire, Said Gebrail, Isaac Nunn-Griffin, Andrei Enache and Mariela Chakarova.

On winning her flash fiction category, Willow King, said: “I feel very pleased that my story came first in its category. I based the story on my second home in the Yorkshire Dales. I thank my family for believing in me as well as my teachers.”

Seraphine Twinabire won the adult ESOl category. She said:

“It’s hard to explain (winning) because I still feel this isn’t me this is happening to. But of course I am pleased, even though I am surprised.”

In an emotional and inspiring ceremony, Liz Nice, the head of content for county magazines at Archant, gave a tribute to Mr Ransom. She said:

“I love being part of something so special in memory of a very dear friend. He was and remains a hero of mine. Well done to everyone for taking part in this fantastic competition.”

Mr Ransom’s wife, Lisa and his two children, Betty and Ned, was also part of this online celebration.

She said: “It takes guts to put pen to paper. Putting your feelings on the page is an incredibly brave thing to do. You are incredible people. Thanks also to the lecturers for all their encouragement. Your students are very lucky to have you.”

She added, “Be inspired, continue to be brilliant and good luck in the future. Steve would have been so proud of you all.”

Principal of the college, Viv Gillespie: said,

“I want to congratulate all the students for entering. I admire your tenacity and talent.”

Head of English, Louisa Hubbard, said:

“We are honoured to host this annual competition in memory of Steve. The standard just seems to get better and better every year. A massive well done to all of the winners and a big thanks to our sponsors who were The Zone, the Suffolk Rural floristry department, The Regent Theatre in Ipswich and Archant.
Terry Hunt and the winner of the competition Andrew Fitch with his mum Cherese Bradnum
Terry Hunt and the winner of the competition Andrew Fitch with his mum Cherese Bradnum