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Scarlet Clayton

Matthew Hale Award Winner 2018

The winner of the Matthew Hale Award is the wonderful Scarlet Clayton (12), who joined us from Thornton, a village on the outskirts of Bradford. Scarlet is extremely passionate about her writing and an avid reader. Scarlet has asked us to specifically thank her English teacher Mr Croft for nominating her for this award, and her previous teacher Miss Brown, who she says helped her to get her writing to where it is today. Benefactor and judge Spike Hale presented the award to Scarlet and and said that Scarlet is ‘witty and inventive and created a believable and fascinating world in her writing.’

Scarlet says: ‘Winning the Matthew Hale Award means a lot to me because I’ve never won anything before and I’m so pleased to have this amazing opportunity. I’m also looking forward to continuing to develop my relationship with the New Writing North team and the Hale family. In the future, I’m hoping to become an author or study journalism and winning this award has inspired me to keep on writing, no matter what.

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