Wobbly tooth helps 7 year old to become National Young Writer of the Year

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Adam Bhatti, age 7, has been chosen from thousands of budding young authors to be the Explore Learning National Young Writer of the Year. He will be presented with the award tomorrow (17 March).

Inspired young writers!

We were incredibly impressed by both the quantity and quality of stories submitted. It is fantastic to see so many children enthused about writing, and there are obviously a lot of very talented young writers in the UK.

Adam Bhatti, age 7, has been chosen from thousands of budding young authors to be the Explore Learning National Young Writer of the Year. He will be presented with the award tomorrow (17 March).

Adam's winning entry, entitled 'The Missing Tooth Fairy', was chosen from over 10,000 stories written by under-14 year-olds across the UK. Adam's story was written about his own experience of being the last person in his class to lose a tooth (He now has a large gap where one finally fell out!).

Adam will be presented with his award in an assembly at Whiteheath Junior School on 17 March 2010 at 1.15pm (Great photo opportunities available). In addition to being named the Explore Learning Young Writer of the Year, Adam will also receive a trip to DisneyLand Paris for his family, and £500 of books for the school. There were also 39 regional awards for the winning entries in each local area.

The competition is run annually by Explore Learning, a national network of tuition centres for 5-14 year olds, in order to encourage budding young authors and to inspire children who may have been hesitant to write in the past. It is believed to be the largest writing competition for children in the UK. As part of the competition, tutors from Explore Learning ran free workshops with hundreds of schools across the UK. Over 55,000 children took part in these writing classes. The competition ran for two months and was open to all children in the UK aged 14 and under. This year's theme for the short stories of under 500 words was "Lost and Found".

Heather Garrick, from Explore Learning said: “We were incredibly impressed by both the quantity and quality of stories submitted. It is fantastic to see so many children enthused about writing, and there are obviously a lot of very talented young writers in the UK."

Photographs and interviews will be available on 17 March from 1.15pm at Whiteheath Junior School, Ruislip, Middlesex HA4 7PR. There will also be publicity opportunities for each regional winner.

Issued by Explore Learning: http://www.explorelearning.co.uk. For more information please contact Heather Garrick on 01483 447410 or 07977 235619; or email heather(at)explorelearning(dot)co(dot)uk

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