Thursday 21 January 2010


A talented writer from Arbroath has penned herself a huge success story after an award winning children’s author judged her work as ‘perfect.’

Samantha McLaren, aged 16, received the high praise from author Michelle Harrison and has won a prestigious short story competition from leading pen manufacturer uni-ball.

The competition celebrated the importance of good handwriting skills. Budding young authors were given the chance to showcase their talents by continuing an introduction specially penned for the competition by Michelle.

Samantha, who beat scores of other students across the UK to win the accolade, now hopes to forge a lengthy literary career for herself on the back of her success. She said: “I am thrilled to have won this competition. It is an honour to be given such praise by a leading author.”

Samantha’s winning creation is an imaginative story about a man named Luke Buckley and the complicated situation he finds himself in after witnessing a murder.

Michelle, 2009 winner of the Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize, said: “I think Samantha has the makings of a very talented writer. She fulfilled the brief perfectly and I was immediately hooked when her words took over. I stayed hooked throughout due to her ideas, her writing style, her language, everything. My only complaint is that now I want to know all about Luke Buckley!”

Samantha’s creativity was awarded with the prize of £150 Waterstone’s voucher, a signed copy of Michelle Harrison’s debut book ‘The Thirteen Treasures,’ and a bumper stationary pack.

Marketing Manager at uni-ball, Stuart Barker, said: “Congratulations to Samantha on winning the competition with this story. Her entry clearly showed that she has a real talent for writing and we hope she uses her new stationery to pen many more imaginative tales.”

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