A Year 6 pupil from Truro Prep School celebrated World Book Day in style this week after winning the Gold Award in the age 7-10 category of the Cornwall Young Author Competition.
Harry picked up the award for his gripping first person account of the life of a HB pencil. With mistreatment from owner Billy Bottleworth and threats from rubbers saying “we’re going to rub you out…”, Harry’s humorous entry on the troublesome life of a pencil clearly made its mark with the judges.
“I thought about all the things that might happen to a pencil in daily life, like being chewed, or even being stuck up a nose. I then wrote a story from the pencil’s perspective.”
Run by TJ Ink, a publishing company based in Padstow, the contest attracted entrants from all over the county. Harry picked up the Gold Award live on BBC Radio Cornwall on Friday 4 March.
Titled A Pencil’s Autobiography, Harry’s story will now be published alongside other shortlisted entries in a book to be released later this year by TJ Ink.
The news was broken by Truro Prep School’s English Coordinator, Tom Tolkien, just as Harry and his classmates prepared to dress up as their favourite characters in celebration of World Book Day.
“When I heard that I had won I was surprised. Mr Tolkien asked me to stay behind after class. I thought I had done something wrong and that I was in trouble, but then he told me that I had won the competition!”
The judges added:
“It’s been incredible seeing the abundance of creative writing talent come out of the schools and home educated students from all over Cornwall. From vampire penguins to post-apocalyptic adventures and from stunning poetry to thought-provoking non-fiction, we had a brilliantly varied bundle of entries.”
“We believe in the continual support and encouragement of literacy for young people and have thoroughly enjoyed celebrating these superb entries. Let’s never underestimate the power of a great story!”