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Gilesgate Story Challenge

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We love hearing from people who have been inspired by World Book Day. This recent story from the town of Gilesgate in Durham shows real initiative and creativity.

A local optometrist, Simon Berry, launched the Gilesgate Story Challenge – a short story competition for the local schools. They asked the children to write a story related to eyes or vision, in less than 2000 words. The response was fantastic, with 70 entries from 8 different schools, and the organisers were so impressed they published a book of the stories.

“I’m really proud of the range of ages and abilities of the children that have been inspired enough to enter our competition,” says Simon. “Our youngest author is 5 years old and the oldest is 16. I am especially pleased to have had some entries that have been written by children with a learning disability. We even have a story written to be signed as a conversation in Makaton.” 

The Gilesgate Story Challenge was launched at Durham Waterstones with a book signing with the winning authors. It became the best-selling book in the Waterstones store that week!

Get your copy of the The Gilesgate Story Challenge here