Croydon’s children become creative writers

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Croydon’s Children Library is organizing a young storytellers competition aimed at youngsters who are 7-10 years old. The challenge set for the young writers is to retell their favorite fairytale with a new creative and modern twist.

The theme of the competition is ‘familiar characters in unfamiliar situations’ and the organizers want traditional stories with new plots and unlikely fresh touches. Library Children’s Manager Sue Towley explains: “An example of a modern story could be Prince Charming using a mobile phone or trying to find Cinderella in a McDonald’s”.

This is a contest for youngsters to use their imagination and memory.  By having the opportunity to take control of the stories, children will be encouraged to read more. Towley said: “This event will promote Library use and creative writing”.

Entries must be in before the 22nd of February and the judging will be completed before World Book Day on March 4th. Prizes of  shopping vouchers for use in the Whitgift Centre will be awarded for the most creative and well-told tales.

Entry packs are available from children’s libraries, by phone 020 8726 6900, or via e-mail: . They can also be found on the Internet at

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