Two lucky young writers had a Wicked time when they met cast members of an award-winning musical, to celebrate their award-winning stories.
Lauren Bull, aged 13, and William Bezzant, from Solihull, were plucked from numerous entries to the Wicked Young Writers Award competition, run by Birmingham Hippodrome in association with the Library of Birmingham.
The winners and their families were invited to Birmingham Library to meet some of the cast of the smash-hit production, where they were presented with their certificates before taking their seats at Birmingham Hippodrome to see the show.
Despite struggling with his handwriting due to hypermobility, 10-year-old William’s entry Soup-a-man was the entry that caught the judge’s attention in his age group with the hilarious story of a superhero who destroys the villainous Iceman with hot soup.
Proud mum Julie said: “It’s amazing he’s won. This has been fantastic for his self-esteem which had hit rock bottom at his previous school.
“He has always enjoyed reading. He was self-taught, reading from three years old and had read all the Harry Potter books by the age of seven.
“As an avid reader I think his story writing has come out of that.
“He’s also an enormous fan of Wicked so this is a real treat.”
“It’s absolutely brilliant to win,” added the Crackley Hall School pupil.
Gothic horror tale Chasing the Shadows, was also a winner, written by literature-lover Lauren from Erdington.
“I feel quite proud,” said the teenager, who attends Stockland Green School.
Her mum Jane added: “I’m really excited and thrilled she has won such a prestigious competition. She writes a lot and she loves drama and the arts so it’s a dream come true.”
Her story tells the chilling tale of a man cursed to have a friend die every time he hears the crowing of a cockerel.
Inspired by this success, Lauren is now hoping to showcase her poetry skills and has applied to become Birmingham’s next Young Poet Laureate.
The two Wicked Young Writers Award winners will now have their stories published on the Birmingham Library website.