Photo credit: Solihull Photographic Society
The team at Touchwood recently welcomed the winner of its Gordon the Monkey writing competition, Cerys Steggles, to the centre to present her with a copy of her winning story in print.
Touchwood’s short story competition launched earlier this year, and challenged children to write a 750-word story about Gordon, its resident monkey - in a bid to have their story brought to life in a new book. The competition proved hugely popular, receiving almost 700 entries. Stories were whittled down by a judging panel who awarded 1st place to Cerys, 2nd to Lily Poole and 3rd to Harvir Singh Mudhar.
Cerys’ triumphant tale is entitled ‘Cold Ears’ and takes Gordon on a snowy adventure to his Aunt’s ice-cream shop to pick up a banana split – with a few surprises along the way! As well as seeing her story in print, Cerys also won £500 for her school and copies for all her classmates at Gabriel’s Catholic Primary School.
Solihull’s young readers can also get their hands on their very own copy of Cold Ears from Touchwood’s Information Desk where the book will be sold to help fundraise for Cure Leukaemia.
Sue Strong, Cerys’ family member, commented: “We’re absolutely thrilled. Cerys has always said that she wanted to become an author so this has been a fantastic opportunity for her. She’s very excited to share Gordon’s story with her friends at school.”
Lucy Burnett, Marketing Manager at Touchwood, comments: “We’ve been completely overwhelmed by the standard of writing from our young authors. Gordon the Monkey was sent on some amazing literary adventures and we’d like to thank everyone who took their time to submit their stories.
“We’d also like to say a big congratulations to Cerys for winning the competition; her story brought smiles to the judging panel and we’re looking forward to Solihull’s young readers enjoying the tale. We encourage anyone wanting to find out how the adventure ends to get hold of their copy from Touchwood’s Information Desk and help contribute towards Cure Leukaemia in the process.”
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