Sally-Ann wins with war tale

Sally Anne Mason from Ripley.

Sally Anne Mason from Ripley.

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A young Ripley writer’s short story about World War II reached the finals of a prestigious West End competition.

Sally-Ann Mason’s story Hitler Will Send No Warning was shortlisted for the Wicked Young Writers’ Award and the author herself attended a star-studded awards ceremony at the Apollo theatre in London last Thursday.

Although the story didn’t win a prize Sally-Ann got to meet the competition judge and famed children’s author Michael Morpurgo and the story has already been published in an anthology.

Hitler Will Send No Warning is about some children evacuated during WWII and was inspired by the true story of Sally-Anne’s great grand uncle Edwin Wild who fought in the First World War at he age of 14.

Mum Heather, of Hill Street, said: “I am so proud of her and it was a lovely occasion. She was encouraged by her English teacher at Mill Hill School, Miss Hook, who has been an inspiration.

“She reads all the time and writes for pleasure – she just did it off her own back. She has two elder brothers Lewis and Elliott and they’re not at literary at all. The opposite!”

Sally-Ann started the tale two years ago as a story in installments, but unfortunately lost the document on her laptop – so she condensed it into a short story from memory.

The competiton was launched by the long-running West End musical Wicked to recognise excellence in writing in youngsters aged between five- and 25-years-old.