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Archbishop Cranmer Academy schoolgirl wins national Virgin Radio writing competition and has submission read out by Hollywood star Nicole Kidman

A schoolgirl has won a national writing competition.

Lucy Moxey, of Aslockton, won a national competition organised by Virgin Radio, which encouraged children to submit 500-word pieces with the theme being the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement.

Lucy Moxey working from her home (39022520)
Lucy Moxey working from her home (39022520)

Lucy attends Archbishop Cranmer Academy in Aslockton, and was among more than 6,000 entries from children across the country.

Aged just ten, Lucy won the older age category of the competition against children up to the age of 13.

Hollywood star Nicole Kidman read Lucy’s winning submission, called Kristofer Was Quiet In School Today, live on Virgin Radio.

For those who missed the live reading of Lucy’s piece, a podcast where celebrity actors read out the eight stories that made the final can be found on Spotify or Amazon Alexa by searching for ‘500 Words: Black Lives Matter’.

On the podcast, television actor Rob Brydon read out Lucy’s story.

Lucy Moxey won a national writing competition themed around the BLM movement (39022523)
Lucy Moxey won a national writing competition themed around the BLM movement (39022523)

Eight finalists were chosen by a judging panel, which included notable authors such as Malorie Blackman, Charlie Higson, Francesca Simon and Frank Cottrell-Boyce.

Lauren Rogers, deputy head at Archbishop Cranmer, said: “Lucy’s done such an amazing job. We’re really proud of her as a school community.”

The competition, a special edtition of Chris Evans’ 500 words initiative, sought to encourage children to join in the BLM conversation.

Fred Manning, a member of Archbishop Cranmer School’s governing body, said: “It’s absolutely fantastic.

“The school is closely associated with the church in Aslockton and its religious themes, including BLM, are quite high up on our priorities at the moment.

“Lucy is a fifth year student and is obviously very talented. It is ironic that such a leafy backwater of Nottinghamshire can produce such talented authors.”

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