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A love of books inspires 11 year old Traralgon author

A local budding young writer is keen to make her mark on the world.

11 year old Kate Nicholas Edgar of Traralgon has placed equal second in the Red Gum Young Writers Award story writing competition which has inspired her to get her work published.

Her entry in the national competition was a story about families – different Australian families highlighting the uniqueness of the individuals within them and the unconditional love that links them together.

The Year 6 Gippsland Grammar student received $150 in prizemoney which she said would be invested into “lots of new books”.

“I’ve always loved books.

“And I love writing because I can express myself through pen and paper and create the story in any way I want.

“I can create different worlds using my imagination, and make fictional characters almost seem lifelike.

“I think people might enjoy reading my story because I think many people can relate to it.

“It will show children across Australia that they are accepted and are not alone.

“We are all different, and that makes us all special.”

Kate has clearly been inspired by her recent competition success.

“I would really like to have my book published.

“Mum and I have been researching publishing companies but lots of them are closed due to coronavirus,” Kate explained.

Redgum Book Club launched the Young Writers Award to help children aged between 9 and 13 years of age, develop writing skills and find their unique voice through storytelling.

“Children are great storytellers; they can create both entertaining written and oral stories that, with a little assistance, can be turned into fabulous, character-filled books for others to enjoy,” a Redgum spokesperson said.


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