Budding Sidmouth writers take novel approach

THRILLED budding writer Joanne Clements scooped first prize in a competition set by popular town novelist.

THRILLED budding writer Joanne Clements scooped first prize in a competition set by popular town novelist.

Sophie King was the guest speaker at a recent Sidmouth Writers Group and set members the challenge of penning a “surprise” themed short story.

Manstone Lane resident Joanne’s heart-warming tale about Lucy, who wants to be a naturalist when she grows up, had the edge.

“Things like this don’t happen to me, ever!” she said.

Joanne has already published a collection of poems for charity.

Second prize went to Valerie Bettag for her story about vicars and vampires.

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She hailed Sophie King as “an inspiration.”