Young Writers 2019

Left to right: Emily Furness, Abigail Barnett, June Hutchinson, Harrison Cook, Stefan Bullivant Franchesca Arnold - Shepherd, Bill Watson, Evie Winchester, Lydia Davis, Kathy Hardy

A record entry of stories for Shepshed Charnwood Rotary Club's annual Young Writers' Competition gave the judges a major challenge to select three award winners from each category.

Members and guests joined together for another splendid evening listening to the six winning writers reading their entries with confidence and aplomb.

The stories ranged from the humorous to the sinister macabre, from the reality of World War One trenches to a present day fantasy, each holding the audience spellbound.

June Hutchinson, one of the competition judges, commented that the quality of the writing from all of the entries was incredibly high.

President Bill Watson added that he was impressed with the confidence of the students in their excellent presentation to the audience of teachers, Rotarians and family.

Kathy Hardy (Principle of East Leake Academy) and Stefan Bullivant (English Department) praised the students and thanked the Rotary Club, not only for its continued support of the Young Writer competition, but also for its sponsorship of other projects, such as the annual Author's day.

 This year it was award-winning children's author, Harriet Goodwin who provided inspiration and a guide to story writing techniques.   President Bill handed over a cheque to the Academy saying that the club is proud to support both of these intertwined events.

 The winners in each category are:


1. Franchesca Arnold - Shepherd

2. Emily Furness

3. Harrison Cook



1. Abigail Barnett

2. Lydia Davies

3. Evie Winchester

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