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Literary prize for budding writer from Old Catton

PUBLISHED: 10:50 04 September 2012

Adam Burton at the Voewood Literary Festival which he visited with his family as part of his prize in the Kelling Heath Creative Writing Competition. Photo: MAXINE MOSS PHOTOGRAPHY.

Adam Burton at the Voewood Literary Festival which he visited with his family as part of his prize in the Kelling Heath Creative Writing Competition. Photo: MAXINE MOSS PHOTOGRAPHY.

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A story of a morning adventure set in woods in Norfolk has won first prize in a creative writing competition for 14-year-old Adam Burton from Old Catton.

The short work, called Adventures of Kelling Heath, describes a spooky encounter with what turns out to be a friendly dog on a dewy spring morning and was inspired by a family holiday at Kelling Heath Holiday Park, which organised the competition in conjunction with the Voewood Literary Festival.

Adam said: “We were on holiday and had enjoyed walking in the woods so I thought I’d have a go at the competition.

“I’ve always enjoyed story writing and carry a notebook around with me, but it was a surprise to win.”

Adam won a family break at Kelling Heath Holiday Park, a family pass to the Voewood Festival and also £50 worth of books from The Book Hive in Norwich.

London literary agent Clare Conville, who was one of the judges, said: “Adam’s story was evocative of an early morning walk in woods and captured the excitement and apprehension of being alone in an unfamiliar place.

“It also had a twist at the end, which is a good technique in short story writing.”

The winning entries can be read at www.kellingheath.co.uk


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