Young writer wins national competition

Writing competition winner Katie McKellar, of Churston Close, Newbottle

Writing competition winner Katie McKellar, of Churston Close, Newbottle

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A YOUNG writer has beaten the odds and won a national creative writing competition.

Katie McKellar, a pupil at Newbottle Primary school, entered a competition for Key Stage Two youngsters and came top of the class, despite being one of the youngest entrants.

The competition involved writing a diary entry similar to Jeff Kinney’s series “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” but with an injection of their own personality.

Katie, nine, wrote a story inspired by Kinney’s book, and called it Diary of a Swotty Kid.

Katie’s mum Wendy McKellar said: “Katie’s twin sister Grace decided she wasn’t going to enter the competition, but now is obviously very jealous of Katie’s prizes.”

After being told she had won on the last day of school, Katie received her prizes which included an iPad and a bag of Diary of a Wimpy Kid goodies.

She also won £1,000 for her school and a private screening of the new Kinney film at her local cinema Cineworld, Boldon, for her friends and classmates.

Katie’s piece was one of 2,600 entries to be received by the competition organisers and she was told that she was one of the youngest participants to have entered the competition.

Wendy, 42, said: “I am thrilled to bits with her achievement and I am so proud that I could burst.”

As well as Jeff Kinney, Katie is also a fan of David Walliams and Enid Blyton, and is an avid reader.

“She’ll probably end up going into something academic, she’s not into sports at all,” added Wendy.

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