A young budding writer from Bourne had the experience of a lifetime when she attended an awards ceremony at the Apollo Victoria Theatre in London on August 7, as a finalist in the prestigious Wicked Young Writers’ Award 2014.
The Awards recognise excellence in writing, encourage creativity and help develop writing talent in young people aged between five and 25 years from all backgrounds and areas of the UK and Ireland.
Bourne Grammar School student Louisa Bailey, 18, was one of 100 finalists selected from over 5,000 entrants to attend the Award which was established by the long-running musical Wicked and was designed to inspire young people to use their writing to look at life a little differently.
Among the literary celebrities attending the event were children’s author Michael Morpurgo and performance poet Dean Atta who ran a poetry workshop.
The winning entries from each of the five age groups were read out by principal members of the cast of long-running musical Wicked.
Louisa, who was a runner-up in the 15 to 17 year award category, has had her award entry piece, An Extract from a Point in Time published in an anthology from the event.
“I’ve always said that I wanted to be published before I went to university,” she said. “I got my results the week after the Young Writers’ ceremony: I got an A in Maths, B in Theatre Studies and C in English Literature. I’m going to Bath Spa in September to study Creative Writing with Publishing.”