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Still my beating mind

Mala, Second Runner-up, 8-11 years

SECOND RUNNER-UP, 8-11 years


Who created it?

Mala, age 9



“I am nine years-old and my favourite things to do are horse-riding and drawing. I also enjoy dancing and singing and I really want to be a vet when I am older because I love animals so much! I like making new friends wherever I go and being kind to people and animals. My favourite animal is a horse! I have a dog, a mum, a dad, a brother and a fish. I also love playing and listening to music.”


My creative response



About my creative response

“I created this because I thought about what the quote really meant to me, and I imagined a calm, tranquil scene compared to a stormy, ominous scene and I wanted to express my emotions so then I took all of those thoughts and started sketching it out onto paper! I love music as well, so I added some music I made myself with it, and it represented my thoughts and feelings as the storm and then it goes into a calm melody."

"I did art to go with my own music I created on Garage Band. I created the art with watercolours and some bits with Tippex. It represents one side as a stormy night and the other side as a calm scene with a dolphin and sunset."


What does this Shakespeare quote mean to you?

"The quote means keeping our minds healthy and that is why I chose to do the art as that. My music went from a whole dramatic orchestra to a calm, harmonic tune. It helps me relax and be tranquil."


What do you do to ‘still your beating mind’?

"What stills my beating mind is my dog. I love her so much and whenever I am stressed I snuggle up next to her and let my feelings flow through my mind, like a peaceful river made up of thoughts and emotions."


What is your favourite Shakespeare play, character or quote?

“My favourite play that Shakespeare wrote is Macbeth because it has witches in it. My favourite quote is ‘Double, double, toil and trouble’ and my favourite character is Juliet, as she is really pretty, but I like Hamlet because he holds a creepy skull!”