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Council helps first time young authors to get published with stories about Horsham

Two talented local children were announced as winners of a Horsham District Council story writing competition this week.

Inspired by the BBC 500 word children’s story competition, Horsham District Council launched its own children’s story writing competition back in the summer, challenging local children to write a short story about Horsham Town Centre and Horsham Park, involving the Townies and Parkies animal characters which are captured on new wall murals in the town’s Albion Way.

The winner of the 5-9 years category was Conor Winspear aged 8 with his story ‘Badger’s Bumblebee Birthday Cake’.

The winner of the 10-13 years category was Nyah Hawkes aged 13 with her story ‘The Circus Comes to Town’.

The winners have had their stories made into a book which has been illustrated by local artist Katie Wells, who created the original animal characters which have become well known to children through a number of recent town and park trails.

Each winner will also receive a framed original illustration from their story in the book.

A limited number of the books will be available to buy from Horsham Museum and Art Gallery, Horsham Library and the Horsham branch of Waterstones. Profits from the sale of the books will be donated to local children’s charities – Chestnut Tree House, Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity and The Springboard Project.

If you would like a signed copy of the book please come along to the Waterstones store in Horsham on Saturday 24 November from 9.30am to 10.30am.

Commenting on the achievements of all the young authors who took part in the competition Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure Cllr Jonathan Chowen said:

“We are really delighted that the two winners of our story writing completion are being recognised in this way. It is a massive achievement to have a book published at such a young age.

“Many congratulations to both the winners and runners up for their inspiring stories which really brought the animal characters to life and highlighted our town centre and park so well.

“The writing competition and children’s trails have been a real success in terms of bringing our town and park to life for people, inspiring young minds and raising money for local charities – so a win, win all round.”

Fresh panels featuring new characters have now been installed in the Albion Way underpass to reflect the winter. Do check them out if you are walking between the town and the park.

These activities promoting Horsham Town Centre and Horsham Park were organised by Horsham District Council with Horsham town’s branch of Waterstones, Maverick Publishing and West Sussex Library Service. Other judging partners included local authors, Gobsmack Comics, My Fair Kind Child, Cocoa Loco and Katie Wells Illustration.

For media queries please email press@horsham.gov.uk or call 01403 215571.

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