A TEENAGER has a tall tale to tell after reaching the final of Storytelling Superstar 2013.
Katharine Hobson did not win the World Book Day event, but she said the chance to enter the competition was a dream come true.
“I have always loved reading in public,” added the 19-year-old.
“I know for a lot of people it is hard, but if you can make a child’s day by reading their favourite story to them, it’s great, and that’s why I love it.”
The child care college student was picked as a finalist by children’s authors Francesca Simon, creator of Horrid Henry, and Lauren Child, author of the Ruby Redfort and Clarice Bean books. Katharine, who does work experience at Sunderland High School, said: “I borrowed a copy of the book Owl Babies from Sunderland High School, and my dad videoed me reading it.
“It was then put on You Tube as part of the final, and people could vote for their favourite video.
“It was great to be a finalist. My mum and dad told lots of people, and the children at school watched me reading online, which was great.”