Etal cook shows talent for creative writing

Two local women have been shortlisted as finalists for the 2017 Wicked Young Writer Awards.

Thursday, 8th June 2017, 9:42 am
Updated Thursday, 8th June 2017, 2:41 pm
Claire Joicey

Claire Joicey, from Etal, is among 115 finalists in the running for the annual creative writing prizes.

She has been shortlisted with her three entries – The Attic and The Prisons in the 18-25 year age category and Just Listen in the For Good category.

Wicked Young Writers Award judges.

Claire said: “I’m feeling very honoured, and even more so to have three pieces shortlisted – two short stories and one non-fiction article. It was a real shock!

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“I can’t wait to head down to London for the awards ceremony.”

Seonade Sparey, from Coldstream, is a finalist in the For Good Award for Non-Fiction category with her entry ‘Write-Offs.

Jonathan Douglas, director of the National Literacy Trust, said: “Every year I am moved by the incredible writing of the children and young people who enter the Wicked Young Writer Awards – and this year was no exception.

Wicked Young Writers Award judges.

“Children tackled incredibly difficult subject matters with originality, creativity and an undeniable sense of hope, buoyed by the good that can come out of bad situations.

“Well done to everyone who took part in this year’s awards and congratulations to the worthy finalists!

“We hope that the awards will continue to inspire children and young people to give their thoughts, ideas and passions a voice.”

Earlier this year, Claire completed a 1,000-mile walk from Land’s End to John O’Groats.

Claire, a freelance cook, did the challenge to raise money for Beat, the eating disorder charity, as well as the RSPCA. She has raised more than £3,300.

Winners will be announced on June 23 at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre.

Championed by patron the Duchess of Cornwall, this year’s judges include former Labour MP Ed Balls, ITV News arts editor Nina Nannar and the acclaimed performance poet and writer Laura Dockrill.

Author and illustrator of the How to Train Your Dragon books, Cressida Cowell, returns as head judge, together with long-standing judges Jonathan Douglas, director of the National Literacy Trust and Michael McCabe, executive producer of Wicked.

Anna Bassi, editor of The Week Junior, is also a guest judge for the For Good Award for Non-Fiction.

Now in its seventh year, the Awards encourage young people aged from five to 25 to use writing as a way of expressing themselves, producing unique and original pieces of prose and poetry.

Nearly 30,000 young people have entered the Awards since they began in 2009, with this year seeing the fastest growing level of entries to date.

More than 600 primary and secondary schools and colleges entered this year’s competition from all over the UK, with a particularly impressive rise in entries for the 8-10 and 18-25 categories.