Brede schoolgirl’s story to be read by millions after contest win

Erin Colley with her winning entry. Picture by Adam Fradgley/Exposure Photography
Erin Colley with her winning entry. Picture by Adam Fradgley/Exposure Photography

A schoolgirl will have her work read by millions after winning a creative writing competition launched by National Express.

Seven-year-old Erin Colley, from Brede, is one of just 12 winners from across the country selected by the firm to have her short story published on its on-board entertainment system VUER, which is short for View, Unwind, Enjoy, Relax.

Erin, a pupil at Brede Primary School, entered the Express Yourself story competition with her tale, Sam and the Fairy Princess, a story about a young boy and fairy princess who takes him on a magical journey to school.

Bosses at the coach operator launched the writing contest, which was judged by children’s authors across the UK as part of its Youth Promise, a commitment to give back to young people in communities across the UK.

Erin’s story features alongside the other winning entries in a special Travel Tales book for children on VUER, which allows coach travellers to enjoy films, TV and magazines and free WiFi.

Chris Hardy, National Express UK coach managing director, said: “Every year we take millions of people on a journey.

“It seemed really fitting to turn the tables and invite kids from all over the country to let their imaginations run riot and take us on a literary journey and they certainly didn’t disappoint.

“We’ve been absolutely blown away by quality of the entries which have taken us from depths of the jungle to outer space – and just about everywhere in between.All the entries we received were brilliant and we’d like to say a huge thanks to all the young people who entered. We loved reading every single tale, as well as of course a massive well done to Erin whose story will now be enjoyed by millions on VUER.”

Erin said: “I’m really happy to be one of the winners of the national story competition.”

Erin’s story is available on VUER this summer.

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