A Preston schoolboy has been named as one of the most promising young authors in the UK.Advertisement
Aidan Lee who attends Queen’s Drive Primary School in Fulwood won the Mighty Write competition.
The eight-year-old penned his response to the ‘If I Ruled The World’ theme and used his love of games, be it board or video ones, to inspire his writing where in his story his school PE lessons morphed into paintballing and go karting.
Entries for the competition were judged by children’s authors Robin Stevens and Sophy Henn.
Aidan had his entry submitted by his teacher Amanda Till using the website Pobble which hosted all the stories.
Aidan said: “I was so happy when Miss Till said she was amazed by my writing and was putting in on Pobble. Then she told me I had won! I couldn’t believe it, that I had won out of the hundreds of entries. I take my time with my writing and I thought really hard about this task.”
His teacher Amanda Till who teaches Year 4 at Queen’s Drive said: “I am so proud of Aidan for this piece of writing. I know he spent along time on this as he had written so much content.
The competition was run by Pobble and Penguin Schools.
Co-founder of Pobble and competition shortlister Henry Smith said: “With entries flooding in from all over the world, including schools in Qatar, The Seychelles, Spain and the UAE, I was left with the daunting task of shortlisting some of the very best. This task proved to be exceptionally difficult, but also exceptionally moving.
“I was simply not prepared for what I was about read. If I tried to explain the wonderful pieces of writing I read, it would be impossible to do each one justice.”
Penguin Schools’ Camilla Ray said: “Penguin Schools is proud to be working with Pobble. At Ladybird and Puffin, we spend every day creating wonderful stories for children and taking them on incredible literary adventures.
“Supported by Sophy Henn and Robin Stevens, the children taking part in The Mighty Write were able to create their own adventures, fuelled by inspiration, creativity and imagination.”
And the last word should go to Robin Stevens, who said of Aidan’s story: “This entry describes a world I’d like to live in, using a great writing style!”