Rotherham based writer, Lauren Hollingsworth-Smith (17), has always had a love for creative writing. She completed her first collection of ‘short prose’ at age 4 (Lauren’s Fairytales) and hasn’t stopped writing since! She has performed her work at open mics and had it published in anthologies from her writing group, Hive South Yorkshire. Lauren is also a creative writing mentor at the Children’s literary charity, Grimm & Co, where she helps to pass on her love of language onto the next generation.
Lauren says ‘This award has boosted my confidence immensely; it’s made my dream of becoming a professional writer seem so much more doable and given me the encouragement to pursue it and not give in to my own self-doubt!’