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Bexley student wins writing competition and meets Jacqueline Wilson

PUBLISHED: 08:43 24 July 2014 | UPDATED: 08:43 24 July 2014

Megan Baffoe with Dame Jacqueline Wilson. Picture: Paul Carter

Megan Baffoe with Dame Jacqueline Wilson. Picture: Paul Carter

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A spooky story helped an 11-year-old girl win a writing competition and meet Jacqueline Wilson.

Megan Baffoe, a pupil at Townley Grammar School, was announced as one of the winners of the 2014 Henrietta Branford Writing Competition which runs in conjunction with the prestigious Branford Boase Award.

Megan was invited to attend the Branford Boase Award celebration party on July 10 where she met one of her literary heroines Dame Jacqueline Wilson, creator of Tracy Beaker, who signed her books.

She also got the chance to meet the authors shortlisted for the award, which aims to recognise debut children’s authors and their editors, and received a copy of each of their books.

The talented student said: “I felt really excited and really proud to have won something.”

Megan’s story “Escape” received praise.

“It was a horror story about two boys that get trapped in a haunted house with a witch.

“Books that I’ve read inspired me,” she said.

The competition, which is open to people under 19, received hundreds of entries from all over the country.

Entrants had to complete a story that was begun by last year’s winner Dave Shelton, with an initial passage being read out to them before they went to create their own written pieces.

Megan has been writing since the age of six and said she would like to pursue a writing career in the future.

“I am writing stories at the moment and I like entering writing competitions,” she added.

She said that teachers at her school were very happy to hear of her competition win.

“They said they were really proud and happy that I’d won this competition.”

Megan’s mum Sarah is “very proud” of what her daughter has accomplished.

“She loves writing and she’s achieved something with her writing and it’s really good,” she said.

“She was so excited to meet Jacqueline Wilson, she’s read all her books.”

Prue Goodwin, lecturer in literacy and children’s books, judged the entries which were submitted in the competition.

Praising the efforts of all those who took part, she said: “The quality of all the stories submitted was very impressive. It is a very hard competition to judge, particularly as entries were from eight to 18-year-olds, but I felt that the winners’ stories are truly exceptional. These six young authors showed originality of ideas and storytelling which won and held their readers’ interest. Congratulations to them all.”

For more information about the award and the Henrietta Branford Writing Competition please visit branfordboaseaward.org.uk.

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