Potters Bar birthday girl shortlisted in national writing competition

PUBLISHED: 13:19 13 June 2018

Charlotte Yianni got a well-deserved birthday surprise. Picture: Stature PR

Charlotte Yianni got a well-deserved birthday surprise. Picture: Stature PR

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A pupil at a Potters Bar school found out that David Walliams had shortlisted her writing in a competition - on her birthday.

Charlotte Yianni, who goes to Ladbrooke JMI School, flexed her literary talent to become a regional winner out of a whopping 39,000 competition entries to the National Young Writers’ Award.

Charlotte found out about the accolade on her birthday.

Her entry was a 500-word story called ‘Kimberly’, responding to the theme of ‘heroes’.

The competition is now in its 10th year, and is judged this year by comedian and children’s novelist David Walliams.

Charlotte will receive a certificate celebrating her entry as well as personalised feedback from a tutor from the organisation behind the prize, Explore Learning.

Charlotte Gater, head of curriculum at Explore Learning, said: “This year’s National Young Writers’ Awards attracted a record number of entries so Charlotte should be very proud of her success.”

David Walliams said: “I was overwhelmed by the quality and creativity of the stories I was reading and was so impressed that this broad range of exciting ideas have come from such young writers.

“Each piece of writing drew me in and kept me captivated by clever and observant story lines and engaging characters.

“We definitely have some future star authors here.”

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