Young Hartlepool authors see their work published

WRITE STUFF: Pupils from High Tunstall College of Science whose stories were chosen in a regional competition
WRITE STUFF: Pupils from High Tunstall College of Science whose stories were chosen in a regional competition

THIRTY-FOUR pupils from a Hartlepool school were selected to have their stories published in an annual compilation of young authors’ work.

Youngsters from High Tunstall College of Science, in Elwick Road, entered a regional contest called Young Writers’ Grim Tales.

The contest saw the children and young people put pen to paper and produce their best short stories for the publication.

And out of the 70 students to enter the competition an amazing 34 from High Tunstall had their work chosen, much to the delight of the puupils themselves and also their teachers.

Jan Burton, higher level teaching assistant at the school, said: “To celebrate World Book Day, The Hub and the Communications Faculty at High Tunstall College of Science encouraged students to enter Young Writers’ Grim Tales mini saga competition, which was open to all 11 to 18 year olds in the North East of England.

“Out of the 70 entries, an amazing 34 were successfully selected for publication in this year’s anthology – a fabulous achievement.

“And although High Tunstall pupils have always been successful in the past, this is a major achievement and the best result ever.”

She added: “Our budding authors had to create a tale with a grim twist in not more than 100 words.

“The aim was to raise awareness of creative writing within the classroom and promote the enjoyment of reading and writing.

“Entries were chosen for publication based on imagination, perception, expression and creative use of language, with the subject matter varying from Red Riding Hood to creepy clowns.

“All had one thing in common – they were awesome!”

Grim Tales – The North East containing the High Tunstall students’ work will be published in August.

Copies will be sent to the British Library and other libraries across the UK and Ireland.