Somerset schoolchildren's short stories to be published

PUBLISHED: 11:00 26 May 2017

Competition winners.

Competition winners.

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Children from a Somerset school have been rewarded for their creativity and will now have their own short stories published.

Freja Dandy and Tiggy Kelleher, from St Andrew’s Church of England Junior School, in Burnham, were chosen by National Express to have their stories published on their new on-board entertainment system.

This means the stories could potentially be read by thousands of people and the two, who are both just 10 years old, beat off competition from all across the UK.

The writing competition was launched by National Express as part of its own campaign called Youth Promise, in which the company is trying to give back to young people.

A travel tales book for children will be available on the coaches alongside, films, television and magazines.

All of the stories were judged by children’s authors and Huw Powell, who has written the children’s series of books Spacejackers and is from the South West, was one of the judges,

He said: “We have so many talented writers across the South West; I was completely blown away by the high quality and quantity of the entries.

“The winning stories were incredibly well written and imaginative, with a good use of language and strong characters.

“Well done to the winners and to everyone who entered – keep writing.”

Freja and Tiggy are two of just 12 winners of the competition and Jim Gillard, who is their teacher at St Andrew’s, said the whole school is proud of their achievement.

He said: “The children undertook this challenge with great creativity and enthusiasm. We had some fabulous ideas and to have achieved two national winners is an impressive achievement.

“The school is very proud of our young writers.”

The stories will be available on the coaches this summer and all people need to do is download the VUER app on a phone or tablet to enjoy the stories.

National Express’ coach managing director Chris Hardy said: “We’ve been absolutely blown away by quality of the entries from Somerset which have taken us from depths of the jungle to outer space – and just about everywhere in-between.”

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