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Beany pens a page turner to win regional prize in writing competition

Ross Crawford 18th Jun, 2018

AN eight-year-old pupil at Mappleborough Green C of E Primary School has been named a regional winner in the National Young Writers’ Award.

Lauren ‘Beany’ Oldfield’s story, called ‘Cat Olympics ’ was a tale based on this year’s theme ‘heroes’.

The competition invited children from across the UK to write a 500-word story about ‘heroes’ – whether that was their parents, a policeman or their idol.

Organised by tuition provider, Explore Learning, which has a centre in Redditch, the competition was judged by best-selling children’s author and actor David Walliams.

A record breaking 39,000 children entered and the while the national winner will be crowned on Monday, June 18 with a surprise visit from David Walliams to their school.

Every child that entered will receive a certificate to celebrate their story, along with personalised feedback from one of Explore Learning’s tutors.

Alex Finch, headteacher at Mappleborough Green said: “What an achievement. Beany has done really well.”

David Walliams said: “I was overwhelmed by the quality and creativity of the stories I was reading and was so impressed that this broad range of exciting ideas have come from such young writers.

“Each piece of writing drew me in and kept me captivated by clever and observant story lines and engaging characters. We definitely have some future star authors here.”

Charlotte Gater from Explore Learning added: “This year’s National Young Writers’ Awards attracted a record number of entries so Beany Oldfield should be very proud of her success.”

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