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Children urged to get creative juices flowing in lockdown
Are you sitting comfortably?..then we shall begin! Young story writers from across the Tamworth area of Staffordshire are being urged to put their creative imagination to the test. Children in the area who enjoy writing short stories are being given the chance to enter a competition - with the opportunity to have their tale read out by a local author if they win. With places of entertainment closed and people having to self-isolate in response to the coronavirus outbreak, Tamworth Borough Council's Arts and Events and Assembly Rooms teams have joined forces to look at ways of helping people entertain their families at home. This has included sharing links, websites, downloads, stories, tips, and freebies from the Tamworth Arts and Events Facebook page.

Tamworth Short Story Competition
Get those entries in for Tamworth's story writing competition

The combined teams have now set a challenge for children living in Tamworth, which is to write a maximum 500-word story using a topic of their choice. However, it must include the name of Tamworth somewhere in the tale. The competition is being divided into three age groups, starting with the youngest children aged five to nine, followed by 10 to 13-year-olds and, finally, teenagers between the ages of 14 and 16. Prizes are up for grabs for all age groups, but the competition also includes the opportunity for a local author or celebrity to record the winning stories and share them with local media and radio! Other prizes will include tickets to future shows at Tamworth Assembly Rooms and books.

Tamworth Assembly Rooms
The story challenge has been launched by Tamworth Assembly Rooms

Adey Ramsel, Theatre, Artistic and Events Manager for the Assembly Rooms said: "We are excited to launch this story competition and look forward to receiving entries. We hope this will get children of all ages engaged in exploring ideas and thinking about how they can grab the attention of the reader. The competition will run till May 31st, giving everyone plenty of time to prepare their best work. The winners will receive some fantastic prizes including the chance to hear their story read live on radio and social media. So get writing and discover the hidden author in you today." Stories should be sent via email by May 31 to

People are also asked to visit website for regular updates, or social media channels on Twitter and Facebook. There will also be ideas, activities, and tips for children of all ages during the current lockdown.
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Why? Spark local children's imagination with story writing competition
When: Until May 31
Phone: 01827 709618
Where: Tamworth Assembly Rooms, Corporation Street, Tamworth B79 7DN
Cost: Free
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by Tony Collins on 03/03/2021
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