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Young writers find winning formula


Pupils who have mastered the art of writing mini-sagas are to have their work published.

The budding writers from Toot Hill School, Bingham, will be published in Spark the Imagination — Tales From The East Midlands.

Their pieces were chosen to feature in the book after they entered a competition organised by Young Writers, which promotes poetry and creative writing in schools.

It runs an annual competition followed by the publication of regional books showcasing the children’s work.

The Toot Hill pupils, aged 14 and 15, had to write a mini-saga of no more than 50 words.

Nine of the 18 teenagers who entered were successful in getting into the book, which will be available from November 30.

Twistcessful pupils were Fiona Shaw, Bethany Smart, Jacob Turner, Ellie Staley, Francesca Bishop, Lucy Allison, Matthew Carrington, Jade Blaylock and Truly Ford-Ghatauray.

One piece was based on Little Red Riding Hood and another on a haunted house.

Their teacher, Miss Zarina Seaton, said they provided the fun challenge after the pupils finished their SATs exams.

Miss Seaton said she was impressed with the pieces, all of which included a twist in the tale.

She said standards were really high.

She said: “I think they did brilliantly. There are some really creative minds.

“They are budding young writers. We wanted to do something creative and fun after their SATs.

“I was blown away by them all, that’s why I entered 18. The ones that won all really had the twist in the tale.”

The school will receive a free copy of the book and parents can pre-order copies at a reduced price of £14.99.

Copies can be also ordered once it has been published, costing £16.99. They can be ordered from bookstores and the Young Writers website, www.youngwriters.co.uk

The school that provides the best overall set of entries nationwide will receive £1,000, with second place receiving £500 and third place receiving £250.

If Toot Hill wins any money it will be provided for the English department.

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