Editor in Chief at Eleven Years Old

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Sohan D recently took part in the Write It Guild of Food Writers competition and was able to see his winning story in print and be Editor-in-Chief of his own page in the national children’s newspaper, First News. He won the 11-14 years category for his piece showcasing food and celebration where he wrote about Diwali.

On Monday 2 July Sohan attended a lunch in London’s Borough Market Cook House hosted by the Guild of Food Writers, where all the prizewinners met the judges including Stefan Gates and Martha Collison, who selected their entries for the main prizes. He also received a stack of cook books and Pink Lady® apples for the school.

A chef prepared food from the market and while they were eating they spoke to judges about their decision-making process. Karen Brown, head judge and editor of Delicious magazine, said the winning entries made her feel they were “talking to her personally”.

After lunch, Stefan read aloud the winning submissions. Sohan said: “It was thrilling to hear someone read my description out loud – I felt really proud.”

Sohan was presented with a gold star achievement badge in assembly. He said: “I was really surprised and pleased when I found out that I had been shortlisted for the Guild of Food Writers Write It competition in the 11-14-year-old category during half term, but it was even more exciting when Ms Flynn told me I had won.

“As soon as we talked about writing a descriptive piece around the theme of Food and Celebration in our English lesson I knew I would write about Diwali.

“The colours, smells and tastes are all so vivid and interesting to describe. My family celebrates Diwali every year and food, family and fireworks are all an important part of the day.”

Head of English, Linda Flynn said “The Write It competition is exciting as it challenges children to create a story for a real audience and to entertain potential readers.

I was delighted for Sohan when he won, as the recognition boosted his confidence and encouraged him towards future endeavours. He enjoyed the winners’ lunch at the Cook House in Borough Market where he met the judges, including Stefan Gates. Sohan also gained some editorial experience from a page that he produced with First News. At St Martin’s School we all shared the thrill of seeing Sohan’s writing in print.”

The featured image shows

Sohan (winner of 11-14 years)

Monica (winner of 10 years and under)

Judges Stefan Gates  (left)  TV writer presenter and author

Martha Collison  (right) Baking columnist and food writer

Karen Barnes (middle) Editor of Delicious magazine

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