AN eleven-year-old from Murrayfield has been named regional winner in the National Young Writers’ Award.
Chloe Shek from Craiglockhart Primary School fought off tough competition from children all over the region with her story.
The competition is organised by tuition provider Explore Learning, which has a centre in Murrayfield, and is now in its ninth year.
This year’s judge was TV presenter and adventurer Steve Backshall. More than 10,000 children from all over the UK entered.
The theme was The Future and youngsters were asked to write a 500-word story set in 3017.
Robots were the most popular characters and appeared in almost a third of the entries, while teleportation, rockets and jets were the common modes of transport in this fictional future setting. Earth was the most popular location, followed by the Moon and Mars.
Mr Backshall said: “The quality of the stories was beyond belief. While there were elements from the great works of science fiction, every story was original and had its own sense of individuality.
“What astounded me more than anything was that these young people had not only imagined future worlds, but imbued them with the conundrums of our modern planet.”
Chloe will receive a certificate to celebrate her story along with personalised feedback from Explore Learning.
Carey Ann Dodah, head of curriculum development at Explore Learning said: “This year’s National Young Writers’ Awards attracted so many entries, so Chloe should be very proud of her success.
“We were blown away with the amazingly creative, thoughtful and inventive stories. We’re thrilled to see so many children demonstrate their interest in such important matters. Trees were mentioned more than phones and political leaders featured in many stories too.
“Interestingly Donald Trump was mentioned six times more than Theresa May.
“It’s so positive to see not only great writing ability but also that children are engaging with key environmental issues and politics.”
Explore Learning provides English and maths tuition to children aged four to 14, with 126 centres located across the UK.
They run a number of creative writing workshops in libraries and schools up and down the UK, including a number in the Capital, where it has two centres, throughout the competition.