TJ International Celebrates World Book Day with Cornwall Young Author Competition

TJ International Celebrates World Book Day with Cornwall Young Author Competition
02nd Mar 2017

TJ International has sponsored the Cornwall Young Author Competition to celebrate the county’s young and aspiring writers. The competition had its culmination on the World Book Day, March 2nd 2017.

The competition, now in its third year organised by TJ INK (part of TJ International) saw the biggest range of schools enter, bringing a varied selection of vibrant stories. From mysterious Victorian characters to a leaf taking on the role of narrator, the imaginations of young students in Cornwall are always colourful and wonderfully unpredictable.

The Cornwall Young Author Competition was open to all schools in the county in two age categories, 7-10 and 11-13. The shortlist of top 15 stories in each age category was collected in a printed anthology. The top three stories for both age categories were chosen by St Ives-based children’s author Liz Kessler.

Kessler was thrilled to take part in the competition, “I really enjoyed reading these stories. They moved me, entertained me and made me laugh. Cornwall clearly has a lot of writing talent!”

The two overall winners, Olivia Simmons from Trewirgie Junior and Aisling Cook from Richard Lander School, had their stories performed in their schools by The Story Republic, the storytelling initiative of the the Cornish arts education charity KEAP.

For the full list of students who had their work published in the Cornwall Young Author Competition Anthology go here.

World Book Day in the UK and Ireland aims to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own. It’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world. The celebration on 2nd March 2017 will be the 20th WBD anniversary.

Cornwall Young Author Competition 2017