Author praises young writers

14:52 10 December 2012

Winners of Honiton and District Writers Group, 2012 Young Writers competition. Pictured with writer Tracy Alexander and competition organiser John Carter are Emily Allen from Colyton, Natasha Pavey from Honiton, Sophie Land from Honiton and Sarah Underwood from Colyton. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref mhh 9325-49-12AW. To order your copy of this photograph, go to www.midweekherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

Winners of Honiton and District Writers Group, 2012 Young Writers competition. Pictured with writer Tracy Alexander and competition organiser John Carter are Emily Allen from Colyton, Natasha Pavey from Honiton, Sophie Land from Honiton and Sarah Underwood from Colyton. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref mhh 9325-49-12AW. To order your copy of this photograph, go to www.midweekherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

Archant

Short story competition organised by Honiton and District Writers’ Group attracts 300 entries.

Hundreds of budding novelists entered this year’s Young Writer’s Competition, staged by Honiton and District Writers’ Group.

Winners were presented with their awards by author T M Alexander at the Deer Park Country Hotel.

No fewer than 300 children from East Devon schools entered the contest, organised by John Carter and generously supported by the Gibbons Trust.

They were challenged to write a 750-word short story on any subject.

In addition to a framed certificate and a book token, the six junior winners received a signed copy of one of T M Alexander’s books and seniors a signed copy of Anthony Horowitz’s latest book.

Commenting on the high quality of the entries and the wonderfully colourful and imaginative ideas of this year’s writers, the judge told the audience how she had started writing her children’s books.

“I love coming here, the stories are always fascinating and have such variation,” she said.

“I’ve only been a writer since 2009, but I absolutely love it. You are all starting well before I did, but I have got some bad news for you, if you think you may want to be a writer, you already are. Congratulations you are on your way!”

As she presented the prizes to winners, T M Alexander gave each child the reasons for choosing their story and read passages from it, to the delight of those present.

The winners were loudly applauded by an enthusiastic audience many of which later commented on how valuable the experience of writing for and winning the competition had been for their children.

Writing group chairman Pat Snelling gave her thanks to all those who had sent in their work to be judged and particularly to the teachers and parents who had encouraged them in their efforts.

T M Alexander was presented with a bouquet by one of the winners, Sophie Land, of Honiton.

The evening ended with parents and children talking informally with the judge and members of the writers’ group over supper.

Young Writers Competition 2012

Shortlist 5 to 8

Harry Mills (Otterton) 8 “Self-Esteem in Hell” (JSC) (No title given) James Pring (Otterton) 8 An Adventure with Teggs and Mr Rex

Lucy Coddington (Axminster) 6 Captain Spears Fantastic Adventure

Hattie Taviner (Honiton) 8 At the Bottom of the Garden

Edward Cooper (Ottery St. Mary) 8 The Story of Goblins and Edward

Oliver Cassidy 3rd (Budleigh Salterton) 5 The Two Donuts

Tabitha Beadman (Ottery St Mary) 6 The Unicorn, Lion and Tiger; their Best Adventure

Joshua Potts (Honiton) 7 The Great Discovery of Robot Alien

Lene’ May Clapp (Dunkerswell) 8 The Halloween Ball

Emily Allen 2nd (Colyton) 7 Mrs Bishbosh

Milly Partridge (Beer) 7 Hollywood Adventures

Isla Manville (Beer) 7 Albert The Reindeer

Kynan Chapman (Beer) 8 Dragon in My Room

Lucie Sivier-Voller (Seaton) 8 The Limpet

Melissa Aris 1st (Beer) 8 The Girls go Trick-or-Treating

Also on the Long List for this group, from which the shortlist was made

Imogen Knivett (Beer) 8

Louis Roulson (Honiton) 8

William Stidwell (Shute) 8

Skylar Nurse 7 (Shute) 8

Young Writers Competition 2012

Shortlist 12 to 15

Amy Roulson (Honiton) 12 Ivy All Alone

Jemma Carter (Ottery St. Mary) 14 My Sweetest Downfall

Francesca Cade (Honiton) 13 Racing Spirits

Claudia Everest-Phillips 1st (Sidmouth) 13 The Lady

Sophia Land 2nd (Honiton Com. Col.) 13 Jade

Benjamin Brake (Seaton) 15 Plague

Lucy Bilton (Clyst Vale Com. Col.) 13 Lynette and Jed

Annabelle Bradbury-Archard (Honiton) 13 Solace Moon

Lauren Real (Seaton) 15 Ice Capped

Abigail Pyne (Sidmouth) 13 The Fox the Hounds and the Horses

Mathew Jones (Coombe Raleigh) 13 Shadow

Angus Roy (Honiton) 12 The Great Midnight Feast

Sara Underwood 3rd (Colyton) 13 Tidal Wave

Georgina Brimblecome (Clyst Vale Com. Col.) 14 Chapter 63 1/2 0+X

Katie Martin (Clyst Vale Com. Col.) 13 Chapter 63 Callum

Dylan Winter (Clyst Vale Com. Col.) 13 Callum’s Point of View

Jimmy Blackmore (Clyst Vale Com. Col.) 13 On Callum

Young Writers Competition 2012

Shortlist 9 to 11

Charlie Vivian (Dunkerswell) 10 Spooky Halloween Mystery

David Carr (Beer) 10 Halloween

Jack Francis 1st (Woodbury) 9 Pirate Builders

Olivia Kate Bedford (Beer) 10 One Christmas

Sohie Thwaites (Honiton) 10 Bad Bear Bakes Cakes

Molly Clinch (Beer) 9 Shadows

Jed Pinnock (Beer) 9 The New World

Oceana Welch (Dunkerswell) 9 Oceana’s Great Adventure

Julia Thwaites (Honiton) 10 Journey under the Earth

Guy Susevee 3rd (Ottery St. Mary) 10 Abandoned

Megan Glover (Honiton) 11 Flash of Evacuation

Danie Jenkins (Honiton) 10 South African Friends

Harry Shepherd (Littletown, Honiton) 11 Pumpkin Man

Samual Steel (Honiton) 10 The Goblin Adventure

Keeley Browning (Honiton) 11 Tom Goes to the Park

Bethan Powell (Honiton) 10 The Mysterious Garden

Sally Gibson (Sidmouth) 9 The Magic Mirror

India Hansford (Chardstock) 9 Carthorse Cuteness

Natasha Pavey 2nd (Honiton) 10 Super Hero

Also on the Long List for this group, from which the short list was made

Isabel Sutcliffe (Honiton) Tom Fitzgerald (Beer

Ella Durham (Exmouth) Lucy Wood (Honiton)

Sam Pyne (Otterton) Lucy Brown (Ottery St Mary)

Toby Whitfield (Sidmouth) Olivia Bedford

Taylor Little (Awliscombe) Amy Alford (Ottery St. Mary)

Elton Grimble (Beer) Kristen Hawkins (Awliscombe)

Tabitha? (Beer) Skylar Nurse (Shute)

Molly Clinch William Stidwell (Shute)

Owen Barriball (Axminster) Lydia Brown (Ottery St Mary)

George Tomkins (Feniton) Jenny Brown (Ottery St Mary)

Anya Hawtin (Otterton) Luke Gouldson (Littledown)

Emily Lee (Honiton) Owen Willis (Littledown)

Ryan Hutter (Honiton)

Lauren Patmore (Honiton)

Jess Eveleigh (Honiton)

0 comments

Other News Stories

The 61-year-old died after he landed on the airfield on Friday (July 31).

Read more
06:59
Pupils with their new CD

Charmouth Primary School records its own music CD

Read more
Yesterday, 17:00

The surgery will be contacting all of its patients over the next six weeks who are current year 13 students, and who will be 18 by Monday, August 31, to have the Men ACWY vaccine.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:30
Water Babes at Axminster's Flamingo Pool Picture: CHRIS CARSON

Swimming tots dress as pirates to raise money for Tommy’s, the baby charity

Read more
Yesterday, 11:30

Officers arrived at the scene at Acland Park on Friday (July 31) at 6.23pm.

Read more
Yesterday, 06:59
A bee collects lavender pollen from a garden in Axminster. Picture CHRIS CARSON

Plans to create a wildlife-friendly garden at Seaton Wetlands

Read more
Sunday, August 2, 2015
Denise Bartlett welcomes flood victims Chris and Jackie to Lyme Regis on behalf of the Rotary Club, with a welcome pack of goodies in the foreground. Picture: SUBMITTED

The terrible floods which devastated villages in the Somerset Levels in the winter of 2013-14 are a distant memory for most of us, but for residents of the area the reality is very much different.

Read more
Sunday, August 2, 2015
Officials at the Conservative Party coffee morning and sale

The branch chairman Simon Card said everything went really well.

Read more
Saturday, August 1, 2015
Teresa Sturrock receives her new scooter from Carol Gilson.

The Exeter resident had been trapped inside for three years after a flesh-eating bug destroyed her leg, and only went out when she could receive assistance.

Read more
Friday, July 31, 2015
Nikky Williams who has become only the second woman to join the crew of Lyme Regis RNLI Lifeboat. Photo Richard Horobin

The 21-year-old sailing instructor is only the second woman to become a sea-going member of the life-saving team

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 18°C

min temp: 12°C

Most Read News

Great British Life


Great British Life

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Midweek Herald e-edition today E-edition


Honiton's trusted business finder