King’s boys’ stories hit Grantham Library’s shelves

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Six budding young writers from the King’s School are rubbing shoulders with the likes of star authors Agatha Christie, Arthur Conan Doyle and Ian Rankin.

The boys presented their short detective stories to Grantham Library, in the Isaac Newton Shopping Centre.

Inspired by one of Conan Doyle’s short Sherlock Holmes stories, The Red Headed League, the boys wrote 6,000-8,000 word detective stories.

They ranged from cryptic murder in the heart of Paris to deception within the CIA headquarters in Washington DC.

English teacher David Johnson said: “I was amazed at the quality and imagination of the students’ work. All of the stories were exciting to read; they captured the thriller element of the genre superbly.”

The six short books were chosen from over 90 novellas. Each of the 13-year-old students presented readings from their stories to an invited audience at the school’s Tudor Hall building.

The invited audience participated in a promenade-style presentation of students’ work before being submitted for the Young Writer of the Year accolade. Winners were rewarded with a public reception at Grantham Library.

Young author Thomas Linford said: “I thoroughly enjoyed writing my story and will probably write more in the future.”

Grantham librarian Charlotte Caves said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with the King’s School and look forward to offering more opportunities to students from all schools in the future.”

The books are currently available for the public at the library to pick up and read for two weeks.