Holly’s creative cover to bind Grantham Writers’ anthology ‘Silver Linings’

Peter Clawson with Holly Heafford, winner of a Grantham Writers art and design competition
Peter Clawson with Holly Heafford, winner of a Grantham Writers art and design competition

A student of Grantham College has designed a cover to appear on a Grantham writing group’s silver jubilee anniversary anthology.

Grantham Writers invited students in their first year of level 3 BTEC extended diploma art and design studies to create a cover for its collection ‘Silver Linings’, as part of its 25-year celebrations.

The students were encouraged by their tutor to explore the history of the group to better gain an understanding of how the Grantham Writers are inspired, and to use mixed media techniques to make their work stand out. They tried printmaking, collage, plastic fusing, digital media and more.

Winner of the competition was Holly Heafford and she received a £50 prize. Her design will be used on the front and back covers of the anthology, which is currently at the printers.

An illustration by fellow student Beatrice Hutchinson will appear on page one.

Nel Arthur, art and design lecturer at Grantham College, said: “I’m really proud of the students’ achievements in generating designs, which worked very well whilst using many different mediums and techniques within art.

“The design that won the competition really captured the celebration of the 25th anniversary.”

Peter Clawson, a member of Grantham writers and editor of the book, said the group – which formed in 1991 – hopes to embark on further joint projects with other local organisations in the future, following the success of the collaboration with Grantham College.

It is hoped the club’s success will continue with a win in an upcoming national competition.

Peter said: “We won the Writers’ News national competition in 2002. That was followed by reaching the final four the next year.

“Now we’re hoping for a third success, hoping our current anthology has silver linings.”

The ‘Silver Linings’ anthology will be published in October.

To find out more about Grantham Writers, visit www.granthamwriters.co.uk