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Blessing writes a winner
Wednesday 13th June 2018 @ 10:18 by Anna Fletcher
Community Events News Oldham Town Schools

The regional winners of the National Young Writer’s Awards have now been announced with ten-year-old Blessing Marasha winning in Oldham.

Blessing, from Rochdale, said: “I feel really excited and proud that I have done a good job.”

The awards, run by Explore Learning, have been going for nine years for children aged 4-14. This year’s theme was Heroes.

Centre Director for Explore Learning in Oldham, Rachel Wallace, said: “We had 1000 entries for Oldham which we are really pleased with. We want to encourage those children who are confident with their writing to reach their full potential and inspire those that aren’t so keen to get involved.

“The stories this year have been out of this world, so creative and diverse, everyone went down a different path. That’s the best part, you can see every child’s creativity which makes judging very difficult. The standard was so high this year we had to get very particular looking at spelling and grammar so a big well done to everyone. We are really rooting for Blessing in the final.”

Blessing’s story is about hero Androcles fighting the Minotaur.

Blessing explained: “I was thinking about how sometimes superheroes die to save the world and that is where I started with my story. I love to write because you can use your creativity and be free to write whatever comes into your mind.”

Second place went to Khadija Kinaat, 10, and Kiran Azinge, 9. All three are from Sandbrook Primary School in Rochdale. Their teachers Matthew Sheader and Holly Considine as well as Headteacher Katie Charlton attended the awards presentation held at the centre in Oldham.

Katie said: “We are very proud of our talented children at Sandbrook.”

Blessing has now moved into the final round of judging and is one of 14 entries to be judged by David Walliams. The winner will get a free trip to Disneyland Paris as well as a visit from Walliams who will come to their school to present £500.

Explore Learning offer free assessments to children who would like some additional support in both Maths and English. For more information call 0161 640 0969 or visit