Young writ­ers win spots in story an­thol­ogy

Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

A PAIR of young word­smiths will have their sto­ries pub­lished in an an­thol­ogy.

Mil­lie Bri­er­ley, 11, and Rowan Sut­ton, 13, are among 30 young­sters se­lected from thou­sands of en­tries in the ‘Na­tional Short Story Week’ com­pe­ti­tion.

The King’s School stu­dents were chal­lenged to ex­plore the theme of ‘lies’.

Mil­lie won a run­ner­sup award in the Year 7 cat­e­gory while pupil Rowan Sut­ton, 13, did the same in the Year 8 sec­tion.

Mil­lie’s story cen­tred on a young girl who comes across a wish­ing tree in a for­est with a spe­cial rhyming mes­sage: “One wish only, un­der­stand? There are rules, so lis­ten good. No one killed or back from the dead. Once you wish, that wish can­not be un­said.”

She chooses to change her iden­tity, only to find that her new life of lux­ury and priv­i­lege does not bring her hap­pi­ness. She has been trans­formed into an at­ten­tion-seek­ing, spoilt brat who lies con­stantly to em­bar­rass her par­ents.

Mil­lie said: “The se­cret is to use a lot of de­scrip­tive words and add as much de­tail as pos­si­ble.”

Rowan, 13, cen­tres his story on a young boy who knows when any­one and ev­ery­one is ly­ing and how what might be seen as a bless­ing be­comes a curse: “He could see a sphere above ev­ery per­son’s head in which there was their ‘sta­tus’ as he liked to call it. It was sim­ple. The sphere was green if they were telling the truth, black if they were ly­ing, and white if they told a white lie.

“As he walked down the street, the con­ver­sa­tions around him showed up in lots of different colours, most of them green with the oc­ca­sional white or black.”

Rowan said: “The se­cret is not only in the writ­ing of the story, but just as im­por­tantly in edit­ing your work. I took two days to write my story, then came back and spent another two hours pol­ish­ing it.”

Li­brar­ian Olivia Wal­wyn, who or­gan­ised the school’s en­tries, said: “To have two of the award winners in one school is fan­tas­tic. Mil­lie’s and Rowan’s sto­ries are highly imag­i­na­tive and pose per­plex­ing moral ques­tions.”

The an­thol­ogy will be pub­lished in Novem­ber with roy­al­ties go­ing to Teenage Cancer Trust.

●● Com­pe­ti­tion winners Rowan Sut­ton and Mil­lie Bri­er­ley

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