Talented Tom?s a top writer
By EMMA CORNFORD
WITH his penchant for descriptive words and emerging wordsmith talents, nine-yearold Tom Mitchelhill has again taken home a national Young Writers' Award.
This is the second year in a row that the Year 3 South Grafton Primary student has won the award, given to just eight winners from more than 2000 entries from Australia and New Zealand.
Tom's short story, entitled 'Fauna Foibles', tells the tale of a family camping trip to Guy Fawkes National Park.
"We'd been there on holidays, so I thought I might base the story on real life," he said.
Although Tom had the Young Aussie Writers' competition in mind when he wrote the story, he never thought he would win for a second year running.
"I was really surprised. This is the second year I've won (and) I didn't expect it at all."
Not one to put his writing talent to waste, Tom said he hopes to be a published author one day ? as well as a lawyer.
This year's awards were judged by popular children's author, Felice Arena.
Trained as a primary school teacher, Mr Arena also worked as an actor on 'Neighbours' for a year before turning his career to writing full-time.
"The stories and poems I had the honour of reading have warmed my insides ... about the future of story telling in Australia," Mr Arena wrote in his comments.
"(They) were bursting with a humungous amount of creativity an humour way be- yond your years."
Extract from 'Fauna Foibles':
"Cicadas thrumming in my ears, I wound down the tinted window of the family car and the sound got more distressing as my family and I moved closer and closer to Guy Fawkes River National Park. First we had to set up our supreme, gigantic, tremendous tent, though it took a little while. Gurgling and babbling could be heard, as my mum looked after my four-month-old little brother, Bennett.
Once dad and I had finished unloading from the car into the tent it was 7:30pm, my bedtime. The next morning we woke up and saw that two shoes and a sock had disappeared."