My poem The Haunted School is published in this month’s Writer’s News, part of Writing Magazine. I wrote it especially for their children’s poetry competition; the first line just popped into my head and that dictated the theme and the rhyme for the rest. I have decided to plough the second place prize money back into my writing and will be putting it towards a critique at some point in the future. For now I will continue carrying my magazine around and pushing it into people’s faces. “Look! It’s me!”
I was delighted to win second prize in the ‘Writing for Children aged 8-11′ category at the Winchester Writers’ Conference on Saturday. Thrilled to get a placing, I attempted to run down the steps at the side of the auditorium, only due to their unexpected shallowness I ended up doing a sort of lope that seemed to go on forever as the stairs just kept going further and further down. When I finally got to the stage I adopted a more sensible gait and had my photograph taken with Jude Evans from Little Tiger Press. I will be off to Waterstones directly with my prize book tokens where I will be spending them on some of the novels recommended in the Dystopian Worlds workshop I attended, presented by Sam North – more of which soon.