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Young Sunderland author to see his story in print

Author Laura Smith with Sam Murray, left,  and Thomas Donnison, both aged six, who won top places in the writing competition at Silksworth Infants School.

Author Laura Smith with Sam Murray, left, and Thomas Donnison, both aged six, who won top places in the writing competition at Silksworth Infants School.

YOUNGSTERS at a city school have scooped awards for their storytelling.

Two talented children at New Silksworth Infants School have had their work praised by local author Laura Joy Smith.

She went along to the Blind Lane school to present the winner and runner up with their prizes and to read stories.

Laura, writer and illustrator of Popple’s Tales, organised the Bedtime Wandering competition, for schools across Sunderland.

She said: “The competition was open to any child aged four to 11 in the Sunderland area. Many imaginative entries were submitted giving Popple’s Tales some lovely evenings reading all the stories.

“In the end it came down to Thomas Donnison, six, as runner-up for his idea of his bedroom becoming the storybook.

“The winner was Sam Murray, six, whose story caught the eye with the wonderful way the characters were described.

“Sam’s Story will now go into Popple’s Tales’ Bedtime Wandering story book next year for all to enjoy.”

Gillian Noakes, literacy leader at the school, said she was delighted that the winner and runnerup were primary pupils.

Popple’s Tales, a children’s book company aimed at inspiring creativity and a love of books, was set up in 2011 by Laura, who studied art and design at the University of Sunderland.

 

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