DCSIMG

Sheffield teens honoured in writing awards

Freya Carter, left, and other winners  of the Wicked Young Writers Award meet Michael Morpurgo

Freya Carter, left, and other winners of the Wicked Young Writers Award meet Michael Morpurgo

 

Two teenagers from Sheffield have been honoured for their promising writing skills from thousands of other youngsters.

Freya Carter and Zainab Abbass, both aged 15, have been named among winners of the Wicked Young Writers Awards.

Freya, of Ecclesall, travelled to the Apollo Victoria Theatre in London where she was presented with her prize by War Horse author Michael Morpurgo.

Zainab, of Ecclesfield, was unable to attend.

Both were selected as winners from more than 5,000 entries.

The pair have become published writers as their entries have been included in a special anthology.

The theatre is the home of West End musical Wicked and members of the cast performed readings of the winning entries.

Seven youngsters, aged six to 23, were honoured.

The winning and highly commended entries included stories and poems about bullying, love, dementia and memory loss and the traumatic effects of war.

Bosses behind the West End show launched the competition in 2010 to recognise excellence in writing and help develop writing talent in young people.

Mr Morpurgo said: “All these talented young writers have allowed their imagination to live and breathe.

“They haven’t been afraid to tell their stories and speak their poems down and to express themselves with originality and flair.”

Wicked’s Executive Producer Michael McCabe said: “We’ve been inspired and excited by the creative skills and extraordinary pieces that we’ve received this year.

“Congratulations to our 2014 winners.”

 

Comments

 
 

Back to the top of the page