Horley schoolgirl runner up in national writing competition

Abigail Field of Horley, 10, has been named a runner up in the National Young Writers' Award - picture submitted
Abigail Field of Horley, 10, has been named a runner up in the National Young Writers' Award - picture submitted

A 10 year old from Horley has been named a runner up in the National Young Writers’ Award.

Abigail Field from Yattendon Junior School fought off tough competition from children all over the region with her story called ‘Goal!’.

The competition, organised by tuition provider, Explore Learning which has a centre in Crawley, is now in its seventh year.

It was judged by best-selling author of The World of Norm series of book, Jonathan Meres. Almost 15,000 children from all over the UK entered in an effort to win a trip to Disneyland Paris and £500 worth of books for their school.

Each runner up received a cup and the accolade of being named one of the best young writers in the country.

This year’s task was to write a 500-word story with the theme ‘Strange Events and Peculiar Happenings’.

Since launching seven years ago the competition has encouraged hundreds of thousands of children to put pen to paper, overwhelming the team at Explore Learning with their creativity, imagination and fascinating stories.

Abigail was beaten to top spot by 12 year old, Alexander Boxall, from Eastbourne.

Judge Jonathan Meres said: “The standard of stories really has been exceptionally good, which on the one hand has made for some very entertaining reading for me, but on the other hand has made the task of choosing just one overall winner extremely difficult and frankly, almost impossible.

“But there can, as they say, only be one winner and that was Alexander.

“Well done to everyone else who entered, too. Whatever you do, keep on writing!”

Explore Learning provides English and maths tuition to children aged five to 14, with 116 centres located across the country.

The Crawley centre is in Peglar Way.

They ran a number of creative writing workshops in libraries and schools up and down the country.

Carey Ann Dodah, head of curriculum at Explore Learning said: “This year’s National Young Writers’ Awards attracted more entries than ever before so Sara Zeka should be very proud of their success.

“Yet again we have been blown away with the amazingly creative, funny and astonishing stories.

“I can’t emphasise enough the benefits of writing for children; it gives them an outlet to escape into a whole new world, one where anything goes and they are boss. We’re thrilled to see so many children enter this year.”

For more information about the services available in Crawley go to www.explorelearning.co.uk/crawley

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