Three young Worcestershire writers have won the opportunity to help children's author Roddy Brooks write his next book.
Aidan Brown, Abi Fox and Maisie Leyland, all aged 11, were the winners of the Roddy Brooks short story competition which was part of the Mythical Maze Summer Reading Challenge programme organised by Worcestershire County Council Libraries and Learning Service.
The winners were announced at a celebratory event hosted by National Trust Croome on November 23. Over seventy other young writers and their families attended the event. All three winners were presented with a collection of books and told of their opportunity to work with Roddy Brooks to write a book inspired by stories and the history of Croome Park.
Thirty-five children were shortlisted for the competition. The entries were judged by Ruth Foster, Literacy and Reading Manager at Worcestershire County Council, Larry Freeman, board member for Croome Redefined, and Roddy Brooks. Councillor Lucy Hodgson presented certificates to all of the shortlisted entrants and prizes to the winners.
Cllr Hodgson, Cabinet Member for Communities and Localism, said: "It was such a pleasure to be involved in this event. To recognise and celebrate the children's talents is so important, and it will be really interesting to read the book they create with Roddy Brooks. National Trust Croome were great hosts and it's been fantastic to work in partnership with them for the Summer Reading Challenge".
Pictured, from left, are: Larry Freeman, volunteer and board member for Croome Redefined; Rachel Sharpe, Croome Redefined - Local Partnerships Officer; author Roddy Brooks; Maisie Leyland (from Worcester); Abi Fox (Kidderminster); Aidan Brown (Evesham); Ruth Foster and Cllr Lucy Hodgson