Wicked writers show potential
Young storytellers in final ceremony
A BUDDING young storyteller came second in his age category in a nationwide playwriting competition, while two fellow pupils made the final alongside him.
Adam Amrani, 11, Aditya Narayan, 10, and Oscar Williams, seven, were shortlisted for the Wicked Young Writers’ Award, a competition run by the company behind the long-running West End musical – a spin-off of The Wizard Of Oz – to encourage children to write.
The pupils at St Martin’s School, in Moor Park Road, Northwood, were presented with certificates by children’s author Michael Morpurgo at a prize-giving ceremony in the Apollo Victoria Theatre, in Victoria, the home of Wicked.
Oscar was runner-up with his work The Bully, The Magic Potion And The Shadow in the five to seven year-old category and the trio’s stories, including Adam’s Survival Beyond Belief and Aditya’s The Time Machine, will be published in an anthology along with 100 other shortlisted children.
Year five pupil Aditya said: “When I heard the news about being shortlisted, I had a gleaming feeling in my heart and I knew that I had achieved something big.
“I thank my teachers, Mr Hand and Ms Flynn, who encouraged me to write this story and my parents who inspired me to put my best effort into writing.
“I thought it would be a good idea to set the story in a different country.
“I came up with the crazy thought of making a boy go into a forbidden area and thought it would be a great time to include a time machine.”
n TALENTED: (From left) Adam Amrani, Oscar Williams and Aditya Narayan Contributed