Young writ­ers award launch...

Award launch was part of the Loogaba­rooga Fes­ti­val 2018

Loughborough Echo - - NEWS - DAVID GODSALL david.godsall@reach­plc.com

AS PART of the Loogaba­rooga Fes­ti­val 2018, the launch of the 9th an­nual Wicked Young Writer Awards took place at Lough­bor­ough En­dowed Schools.

WICKED, the award-win­ning West End mu­si­cal that tells the in­cred­i­ble un­told story of the witches of Oz, to­gether with the Na­tional Lit­er­acy Trust, launched this year’s awards with a spe­cial mu­si­cal per­for­mance by a cast mem­ber from WICKED. Dan Freed­man, author of the Jamie John­son se­ries of books, at­tended and is judg­ing the 2018 Awards.

The awards were cre­ated by the pro­duc­ers of WICKED in 2010, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Michael Mor­purgo and the Na­tional Lit­er­acy Trust - to recog­nise ex­cel­lence in writ­ing, en­cour­age creativ­ity and de­velop writ­ing tal­ent in young peo­ple.

More than 25,000 young peo­ple have en­tered the awards since they be­gan in 2010, with 2018 see­ing the fastest grow­ing level of en­tries to date.

Over 600 pri­mary and sec­ondary schools and col­leges en­tered this year’s awards from all over the UK. As in pre­vi­ous years, en­trants can en­ter one of five dif­fer­ent age cat­e­gories; 5-7, 8-10, 11-14, 15-17, and 18-25 years.

In ad­di­tion, the 2019 awards see the fourth year of the FOR GOOD Award for Non-Fic­tion, en­cour­ag­ing 15 to 25-year-olds to write es­says or

ar­ti­cles that recog­nise the pos­i­tive im­pact that peo­ple can have on each other, their com­mu­ni­ties and the world we live in.

The WICKED FOR GOOD pro­gramme sup­ports the char­i­ta­ble causes at the heart of the stage mu­si­cal.

For more de­tails visit www.wickedy­oung­writ­er­awards.com/

The launch of the 9th an­nual Wicked Young Writer Awards at Hod­son Hall, Lough­bor­ough En­dowed Schools.

Dan Freed­man at the launch of the 9th an­nual Wicked Young Writer Awards in Lough­bor­ough.

Children at the launch of the 9th an­nual Wicked Young Writer Awards at Hod­son Hall, Lough­bor­ough En­dowed Schools.

James Draisey and Laura Pick from WICKED at the awards launch.

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