Wearside schoolgirl pens herself a big success story

A talented writer from Penshaw has penned herself a huge success story after winning a national competition.

Helen Scott, aged 13, scooped the top prize in a prestigious handwriting competition from leading pen manufacturer uni-ball.

The magical writing competition aimed to get children writing over the school holidays by evoking their imagination. Fronted by Strictly Come Dancing Star Anton Du Beke, budding young authors were given the chance to showcase their talents by describing how they would spend a day with their favourite storybook character.

Helen, who beat scores of other students from across the UK, chose to spend the day with super spy Alex Rider by saving the world. She now hopes to forge a lengthy literary career for herself on the back of her success. She said: “I am thrilled to have won top prize in this competition. I dream of working as a script writer when I’m older so this is a fantastic step in the right direction. ”

Helen’s creativity was awarded with a bumper prize pack containing an Apple iPad 2, Apple iPod Nano, Canon powershot digital camera, book vouchers worth £100, iTunes vouchers worth £50 and a uni-ball fanthom gift pack.

Stuart Barker, uni-ball’s marketing manager, said: “Congratulations to Helen. Her entry clearly showed that she has a real talent for writing and we hope that she uses the uni-ball fanthom to pen many more imaginative tales.

“Judging by the number of entries this competition received, we are delighted to see that the art of handwriting is being kept alive. We must also thank Anton for his support in promoting the benefits of the uni-ball fanthom, a magical pen which is smooth to write with and makes light work of erasing mistakes.”

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