Three local charities are going to benefit from the proceeds of the sales of a newly published book featuring stories written by two local children, who were winners of a Horsham District Council story writing competition, this week.
Horsham District Council launched a children’s story writing competition, 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 underpass.
The book went on sale on Saturday (24 November) at the Council’s Museum and Art Gallery, Waterstones Horsham, and Horsham Library, and the charities who will benefit from the proceeds raised by sales are Chestnut Tree House, Springboard Project and Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charities.
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’.
Local artist, Katie Wells, illustrated the books, featuring the Townies and Parkies animals which originally featured on the town’s new wall murals and became well known to families during the summer through a series of town and park trails.
The young winning authors hosted a book signing in Waterstones bookshop in Horsham on Saturday and were surprised with a presentation of framed original illustrations from their stories by Katie.
Horsham District Council Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure, Cllr Jonathan Chowen, said: “Many congratulations to the winning authors and talented illustrator who really brought the animal characters to life and highlighted our town centre and park so well.
“The whole project has been a great success, bringing our town and park to life for people, and creating a great little book to raise money for local charities. I would encourage as many of you as possible to buy a copy as soon as you can as stocks are limited.”
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.