Story judges keep us on ten­ter­hooks

Com­pe­ti­tion win­ner cho­sen from 300 en­tries

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Alan Hayes alan.hayes@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

AFTER re­ceiv­ing more than 300 sto­ries writ­ten by chil­dren for the Get Into Read­ing cam­paign, pro­fes­sional sto­ry­teller Rosie Hud­son sat down with Jas Ree­hal and Rhi­anne Boops­ingh Philip from intu Uxbridge shop­ping cen­tre, to read through a short­list of 40.

A win­ner has now been cho­sen – their name, and those of the run­ners-up, will be an­nounced within the next few weeks.

Donna Wat­son, mar­ket­ing man­ager at intu Uxbridge, said: “Our Get into Read­ing cam­paign has been a great suc­cess. We re­ceived more than 300 en­tries from lo­cal school­child­ren so were thrilled with the re­sponse.

“The stan­dard of the sto­ries was very im­pres­sive so it was quite a tough job for our judges. How­ever, after great de­bate, we have cho­sen our win­ning story and will be an­nounc­ing the win­ner very soon.”

Get Into Read­ing is a cam­paign and com­pe­ti­tion de­signed to en­cour­age chil­dren to flex their sto­ry­telling and writ­ing mus­cles.

Rosie Hud­son vis­ited schools, chil­dren’s clubs and com­mu­nity groups around the bor­ough to hold sto­ry­telling ses­sions for seven to 11-year-olds.

Chil­dren wrote their own short story, us­ing the skills they had learned in the work­shop.

Pho­tos by Grant Humphreys www.buyapo­htotms.co.uk NL201410320

n GREAT RE­SPONSE: Jas Ree­hal, as­sis­tant mar­ket­ing man­ager at intu Uxbridge, and (right) Rosie Hud­son en­joy read­ing the chil­dren’s sto­ries

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