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Year 10 pupil, Leigh Ann Coley sailed to victory in a writing competition in conjunction with Home theatre in Manchester.
To celebrate Inkheart taking to Home’s stage, school pupils were asked to send Home their short stories inspired by the magic of reading, as part of the World Duty Free Storywriting Competition.
Leigh Ann wrote about what reading means to her and how reading is a form of escapism. Her winning entry was chosen by Inkheart author Cornelia Funke, whom Leigh Ann had the opportunity of meeting before going to watch her show at the theatre with her family.


Here’s an extract from Leigh Ann’s story:

“I’m sat here with a book in my hand,
But I’m miles away in a world-filled land.
I’ve found that each word is a breath
Which keeps me alive,
That I fall into a book head first with a dive.”


“It was a massive achievement for Leigh Ann to win this competition which celebrated a new stage adaptation of the bestselling fantasy adventure novel, Inkheart, by Cornelia Funke,” explained Ms Andrea Williams of Saint Paul’s.  “Cornelia Funke recorded Leigh Ann’s winning story which is available as an audio clip on Home’s website. In addition, Leigh-Ann also received a glittering prize package including a season ticket to family films at HOME, an extract from her star story was displayed in the window of the theatre and she got the chance to meet Cornelia in person to swap tips, writer to writer.”
Deputy Headteacher, Miss Tina Wilkinson, said “To receive such a great accolade was amazing for Leigh Ann. We are all very proud of her and are looking forward to reading more of her work.”

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