Bolton teacher takes second prize in national children's story writing competition
11:19am Thursday 5th September 2013 in News
A BOLTON teacher has beaten hundreds of entries to be a runner-up in this year’s Munch Time children’s story writing competition.
Alison Taylor, aged 44, won £500 for her success in the annual search for a budding children’s author with her tale of friendship, Little Munch Finds Her Bunch.
Mrs Taylor, who is mum to David, aged 11, and Robyn, aged 14, was inspired to write the story by her daughter who loved hearing her made-up stories when she was younger and encouraged her to enter.
Mrs Taylor, who started as a reception teacher St Maxentius CE Primary this month, said: “I found out I’d won when I was on a lovely family holiday and it was a wonderful surprise. I am thrilled.”
Her story can be read at munchtime.co.uk alongside the winning story Here Comes the Airplane, by Shayna Evans, from Hertfordshire.
Mrs Taylor, from Sharples, managed to beat hundreds of other entries to make it to the final of the national competition.
There were just 10 regional finalists.
She was encouraged to enter by her daughter, Robyn, who heard about the competition at school.
The competition is in its fifth year and is supported by the National Literacy Association.
Munch Time judge and chairman of the National Literacy Association, Ray Barker, said: “We congratulate Alison on her wonderful story which is sure to entertain little ones with their active imaginations.
“Stories are powerful resources that should be celebrated and enjoyed from an early age and this story writing competition is a great initiative that encourages this.”
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