Talented writers battle for prizes

Winners from left, Lotty Dawson, Phoebe Anderson, Danica Thiyagarasa, Freya Brown and Daisy McLaughlin with judges
Winners from left, Lotty Dawson, Phoebe Anderson, Danica Thiyagarasa, Freya Brown and Daisy McLaughlin with judges

Nearly 100 budding young fiction writers up to the age of 16 battled for prizes in a story competition organised by the Towcester & District Local History Society.

The subject was When the Zeppelins Came, and a total of 98 children set the judges a huge problem, before they eventually decided that Lotty Dawson, from Paulerspury CE School, was the winner.

First Prize winner Lotty Dawson

First Prize winner Lotty Dawson

Phoebe Anderson, from Nicholas Hawksmore School in Towcester was runner-­up.

Callum Harris (Blakesley CE School), Danica Thiyagarasa (Nicholas Hawksmore), Daisy McLaughlin and Freya Brown (Paulerspury School), were Specially Commended.

The winners received their prizes, sponsored by the Milton Keynes Heritage Association, at an awards ceremony at the library last Thursday.

History Society chairman John Morris said: “We have been delighted not just by the response but by the quality of the entries. The variety of ideas and the way in which many have researched the subject has been excellent.

“We have many very promising authors in our ranks.

“It really did make life difficult for the judges and the final session took more than two hours before the final decisions were made.

“We owe special thanks to Towcester Library who have been a great help in accepting entries and giving us support.”