Thursday, 21 July 2016

Reading My Old School Books | #JustWrite Day

Today is a pretty awesome day for bookworms: my video with Holly Bourne goes up on my channel tonight at 7pm BST, and... it's #JustWrite day! And if you like reading, you probably like writing, too, right? BIC (the people who made your biro) launched #JustWrite day because teenagers are writing less today than ever before. I'm not surprised, to be honest; I only ever write by hand when I'm taking notes during class. Even shopping lists go on my phone rather than a good old piece of paper.

#JustWrite day aims to change that and, to celebrate, I thought I'd give you a glimpse of my (messy, horrible, nonetheless handwritten and kind of hilarious) school books from Years 7 and 8, aka when I was 12 and 13. There's also a fun giveaway at the end of this post!

"I'm amazed with the lack of work!" SHADE. I went on to get an A in my History GCSE so there's the proof that you can turn your life around. #inspirational

Eine hamster, guys. Eine hamster.

In Geography, we got to draw a 'topic page' at the start of each new topic. I clearly had a theme...

That awkward moment when your handwriting was better then at 11 than now at 17...

English, unsurprisingly, was my best subject. No red pen, ninjas or hamsters in that book.

Even though I prefer typing, I firmly believe that handwriting is the best option. When it comes to schoolwork, I feel like the act of writing by hand helps my notes stay in my head, as opposed to going in one ear and straight out of the other. It hurts, though - usually by the end of the first page! That's why I'm amazed at BIC's new handwritten newspaper for teens, called the British Illustrated Chronicle. It's limited edition and they're being handed out in Brighton today, so if that's where you are (lucky you!) you can go and grab a copy. Don't worry if you don't live in Brighton, though, because you can read the paper online and BIC have given me a few copies to give away!

How cool does that look?! Even better, the paper itself includes a competition where you can win either £500, or one of two runner-up prizes worth £250 each by completing a sentence about what a world without words means to you. Here's the hand-drawn, handwritten newspaper in numbers:

  • 3 guest editors
  • 5 fictional editors
  • 6 celebrity quotes
  • 16 stories
  • 70 hours spent creating titles
  • 109 hours drawing illustrations
  • 116,000 copies printed
  • 168 hours spent on designing and handling layouts
  • Over 4,000 handwritten words

To find out more about the #JustWrite campaign and where they'll be in Brighton, search @MyBICPen or #JustWrite on Twitter, or visit their Facebook page.

This is a sponsored post.


  1. A world without words would be a sad and lonely place of caveman grunting, no music and no way to vent your feelings!

  2. A world without words would be a lonely place where everyone is the same and have little ways to express themselves.

  3. A world without words wouldn't mean a lot at all, in my opinion. Without means of communication, we would be lost, lonely and without meaningful connection to others around us.

  4. A world without words wouldn't be much fun because I would lose some of my favourite activities - reading and writing!

  5. A world without words would be pointless. Without music with lyrics, reading, writing or any way to communicate, life would be impossible.

    I do think we're typing too many things. Despite my rubbish handwriting and hurting hands, there is something so satisfying about writing by hand. I really think I should do it more often!

  6. A world without words is a world without life. The written and spoken word is a force that although changes over time, is the driving essence that spurs development and growth. Without words, individual thoughts would lack substance, original ideas would never be contributed, and communication would cease to exist. Although translated in a multitude of different languages, words are the lifeblood of the world, thus, without them, there is no life.