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Acclaimed author judges writing competition at Barrow Hills

Published Monday 6th of June 2016 09:51:26 AM

Budding writers at Barrow Hills had the opportunity to get their work in front of a famous author when they took part in a whole school story writing competition. Best-selling novelist and writer Elizabeth Noble, who is based in nearby Guildford, read the entries in the weeks before the competition and announced her favourites at the Prize Winners Presentation held at the School on 27 May. Entries were judged less on spelling and punctuation and more on creativity, imagination, originality and a good story. The annual competition started in 2015 and this year’s theme was ‘Around the world in 80 days’. Every child in the School aged from 3 – 13 was given three hours to create an original piece of work and all the writing was done in school during English lessons. Children aged three drew their story in pictures and the teachers wrote the words. Each year group presented a story and entries were split into different age groups with 11 categories and 11 prizes (one for each year group) plus honourable mentions. Winners each received a book personally chosen by Elizabeth Noble. Jackie Campbell-John, Head of English at Barrow Hills, said, “We wanted to involve the whole school in an English-based activity because story writing lends itself to all ages. This competition is ideal as it aims to inspire children aged 13 and under and give them the confidence to use imagination and creative skills to tell a story. We want to do everything we can to encourage the next generation of writers.” Commenting on the standard of entries, Elizabeth Noble said, “I have been incredibly impressed at the high level of imagination and creativity shown by all the children at Barrow Hills School. Watch out… one of them could be the next Roald Dahl or David Walliams!” Elizabeth Noble is the author of seven novels (all Sunday Times Bestsellers, including her debut novel which was a Number 1 best seller) and has contributed to a number of short story collections, written articles for newspapers and magazines. Elizabeth spent the early part of her career working in children's publishing at Hodder and Stoughton and Scholastic Books, in both editorial and marketing/publicity departments, and once wrote and had published a book about Asterix! She is currently working on a new novel, due to be published by Penguin Books in 2017. Elizabeth has two daughters aged 17 and 18.
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