Of all the words and images that drop into the SUR in English mailboxes throughout the year, the submissions from schools for this supplement are among the most enjoyable.
The tough but pleasant task of picking out a winner in each category, plus selecting others for publication, was entrusted this year to journalist and art critic Georgina Oliver, singer-songwriter and columnist Peter Edgerton and former SUR in English editor Liz Parry, who were accompanied by current editor Rachel Haynes.
Words such as “innocence”, “refreshing”, “imagination” and “future” came up time and time again as the judges read the poems and stories and scrutinised the artwork at the SUR offices last Friday.
During the morning a number of future artists, writers and poets were identified and, as always, praise and thanks were sent out to the teachers, whose dedication helps turn raw talent and untamed imagination into poems, stories and works of art.
This new generation may be growing up in an electronic world of smartphones and tablets, but that, at least going by the sample of works submitted, doesn’t mean they are short of creativity.