Nine year old Ethan Williams was surprised to discover that he was the overall winner in the Key Stage 2 category for creative writing in the Chorleywood Literary Festival. Sheryl Shurville (the owner of Chorleywood Bookshop) and Penny Pugh presented the trophy with book vouchers during an assembly at St Martin’s School in Northwood on Wednesday 6th May. The theme of the competition was Identity and Ethan was awarded First Prize against 432 competitors, with 826 children participating in the competition overall.
Ethan in Year 5 said, “As they announced my name I felt a rush of adrenaline and a wave of shock. For a second I was so surprised I could hardly stand. I felt so exhilarated and delighted as I walked down the aisle to receive my prize.
The book that inspired me was Five Children by E. Nesbit and I chose the character of Psammead. When I finished reading it I was in tears and I think I transferred that passion into my writing.”
Ethan is keen to become a novelist and he certainly received encouragement from one of the judges, children’s writer, Mo O’Hara. “Ethan dove right in and got in character as Psammead. The voice was magical, wise, funny and clever all rolled into one. I loved the way that Ethan, in character as the Psammead quotes ‘the boy with the spiky hair.’ It’s full of humour and wants you to rush out and pick up both Five Children and It and Five Children on the Western Front.”Return to news