There aren’t many Year 6 pupils who can say they are a published author - but Kile Marshall certainly can.
The Fountain Primary School pupil won a national competition run by British Gas’ Generation Green programme to become published authors.
The Powerful Story, a book about the past, present and future of energy, is a collaboration between popular children’s author Ciaran Murtagh and 12 classes across England, Scotland and Wales.
There were over 350 entries to the competition with the winning entries chosen by Ciaran, who started the first chapter before handing the rest of the book over to pupils. As part of the prize, Ciaran visited Fountain Primary to meet Kile and run a creative workshop with the class.
Ciaran said: “It’s been great visiting Fountain School and meeting Kile who came up with such a creative story. “I’d have jumped at the chance to do this when I was at school, so I’m delighted to be helping British Gas Generation Green enable kids to become published authors and to have their ideas for solving our energy challenges.”
Kate Lemon, Generation Green Programme Manager at British Gas, said: “We were overwhelmed with the high standard of entries from children to The Powerful Story competition – it’s truly inspiring to see how passionate they are about energy and the world they are growing up in.”
The story is broken down into 13 chapters. The 12 winning schools each had a chapter to write and illustrate. They also contributed to chapter 13, which is about the future of energy. Every pupil and teacher in a winning class received a free copy of the finished book and each school received a special visit from Ciaran Murtagh.
The Powerful Story interactive exhibition is free to visit at Eureka! The National Children’s Museum, in Halifax, West Yorkshire.It runs from October 25 to November 1.