Annabel Levin turns a baked bean into an award-win­ning story

The Jewish Chronicle - - PEOPLE -

NORTH-LON­DON mother-of-two Annabel Levin has won a BBC short-story com­pe­ti­tion for her tale about a fire­breath­ing baked bean.

Ms Levin’s story, Dr Sharp­nee­dle Vis­its, was picked from 2,000 other en­tries in a com­pe­ti­tion or­gan­ised by the BBC’s Read­ing and Writ­ing ini­tia­tive (RaW).

“I was at the li­brary with my chil­dren, Nikki, six, and Alex, three, and we came across the book­let for the com­pe­ti­tion,” she tells Peo­ple. “The book­let pre­sented a se­lec­tion of dif­fer­ent char­ac­ters, and my girls like the baked-bean one, so I chose to write mine about that.” The story is about Baked Bean, a dragon who has lost his abil­ity to blow fire. He re­dis­cov­ers his pow­ers when he is about to have an in­jec­tion at the doc­tor’s. The prize is 24 cin­ema tick­ets.

A for­mer fi­nan­cial­soft­ware ex­ec­u­tive, Ms Levin says she has no real writ­ing ex­pe­ri­ence: “I just dab­ble for fun with the girls.” It was her chil­dren who in­spired her to cre­ate Kid Do Ku, a chil­dren’s su­doku game, which was awarded the Good Toy award 2007 by the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Toy & Leisure Li­braries. “I started do­ing su­doku with my kids and thought it was a shame there wasn’t a chil­dren’s ver­sion. It brought out my creative side.” She is cur­rently work­ing on a new ed­u­ca­tion board game for chil­dren.

Home is in High­gate.

PHOTO: BRID­GET JONES

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