Young write, illustrate way to award wins

A NUMBER of young wordsmiths have been recognised and celebrated at the inaugural Cumberland Council’s Young Writers Awards at The Granville Centre.

The competition provides opportunities for young writers and illustrators to showcase their talents, while nurturing creativity and literary skills in children and young people.
Award Recipients were: Ages 8 to 11 Category Winner Tanika Kirupakaren (11), Runner-up Prakriti Borua (10), Highly Commended Sarah Naizar Ali (11) and Highly Commended Kaitlyn Rich (10); Ages 12 to 14 Category Winner Sai Sravan Shailesh (13), Runner-up Zahia Younis (14), Highly Commended Hafsa Mohamoud (12) and Highly Commended Akshan Maskey (12); and Ages 15 to 18 Category Winner Shafiq Hassanein (15), Runner-up Reihaneh Rahmati (16), Highly Commended Giuliana Ferretti (18) and Highly Commended Akifa Younus (15).
Cumberland Mayor Lisa Lake said she was impressed with the remarkable talent of children and youth.
“In our modern world where most of us use technology, it’s important that we see writing that is extensive, full of depth, sparks emotions and encourages discussion,” Mayor Lake said.
“We want to see that flourish in Cumberland and encourage a love for literature and storytelling.
“The council is committed to fostering creativity and learning in infants, children and youth by providing platforms and opportunities for them to express themselves and be recognised for their talents.”
The competition, which is an initiative of the council’s Library Committee, was open to children aged 8-18, with entries available for reading at local libraries.
There was an overwhelming response of entries, showcasing the diverse pool of literary talent.
Entries were judged by a panel of literary experts who were impressed by the depth of creativity and originality displayed by the participants.