At the start of the year, we launched a short story competition inviting pupils in Tower Hamlets to get creative with their writing. To engage local young people with Henry Moore’s Draped Seated Woman sculpture (affectionately known as Old Flo), we asked students to create a fictional story based on Old Flo in the genre of their choice.
We received over 450 entries which were adventurous, insightful, and very entertaining and are excited to share the winning story and the finalists at our Short Story Stations in Canary Wharf.
One of the competition judges was Catherine Boyd at Tower Hamlets council who, after reading through the stories, said “What an amazingly talented group of young writers, I am completely blown away!”
The winning entry is by Imani in year 10 at Mulberry School for Girls who wowed the judges with her vivid depiction of Old Flo.
To read Imani’s story, simply head over to our Short Story Stations in Canada Place, Jubilee Place or Crossrail Place Roof Garden and select the 5-minute option. Check out the other stories by our two runners up Leila in year 7 at Canary Wharf College Crossharbour and Treina in year 8 at George Green’s School by selecting the 3-minute and 1-minute options respectively.
If you would like to sign up to our ‘Friends of Old Flo’ mailing list and hear about events and updates around Old Flo, please email us at OldFlo@CanaryWharf.com.