Hide and Seek – Emily Wicks

The Orwell Youth Prize 2016 Winner – Year group 9, 10 and 11


They’re on their way today, love.

When they arrive

We have to hide

Turn off the lights

And draw the curtains.

It’s just like hide and seek

And you can’t make a peep.


Let’s go.


But Mummy I don’t want to play,

Turn on the lights!

I’m hungry Mummy,

We haven’t eaten since yesterday!

I hate hide and seek,

Isn’t it time for me to clean my teeth?

Why’s it so cold Mummy, what happened to the heating?

It’s time for my TV show, where did the telly go?


Please be quiet my dear, soon they’ll be here.

When they knock on the door

Get on the floor,

You’ll eat later I swear.

It will be loud and scary

But you don’t have to worry.

I’ll protect you.

Everything will be fine.

Everything will be fine.





They’re here, come here!

I know they’re loud,

I know they’re shouting,

They’ll go soon.

But back tomorrow afternoon.

Don’t be scared


Don’t be scared