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17th Aug, 2022

Thomas' short story wins over Stratford homeowners

AN IMAGINATIVE youngster has been crowned the winner of a short story competition.

Thomas Harris from Holy Trinity Primary School won the competition held by developer McCarthy Stone after penning his story ‘The Not Knows Land’.

The year six pupils were given the theme of portals, inspired by the work of children’s author and poet AF Harold, particularly his book ‘The Song from Somewhere Else’.

The work was judged by homeowners from the company’s Harvard Place development.

Thomas’ own story tells the tale of a young girl’s journey to return to her homeland after being taken by a mysterious being.

He was awarded a book token for his work, and McCarthy Stone also donated additional book tokens to the school.

McCarthy Stone spokeswoman Samantha Watkins said: “Our homeowners have had a fantastic time reading all the children’s stories, the pupils’ enthusiasm and confidence really shone through. We all thoroughly enjoyed reading them and certainly have some very talented young writers here in Stratford-upon-Avon. It was hard to pick a winner, but Thomas’ work really stood out. Well done all!”

Headteacher Jo Herrero added: “This writing competition has been a wonderful way for our pupils to get creative and share their written work with members of the local community. We are very grateful to the homeowners at Harvard Place and hope that they enjoyed reading the stories as much as our children enjoyed writing them.”

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