Wicked writ­ers show po­ten­tial

Young storytellers in fi­nal cer­e­mony

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By George Ryan ed­i­to­ri­aluxbridge@trin­i­tysouth.co.uk

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

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