Derbyshire schoolgirl the author of her own success
Pictured: Bridie Harwood with her winning entry
A Buxton schoolgirl will have her work read by millions after winning a creative writing competition launched by one of the biggest names in UK transport.
Eleven-year-old Bridie Harwood from Buxton, Derbyshire is one of just 12 winners from across the country selected by National Express to have her short story published on its on-board infotainment system VUER, which is short for View, Unwind, Enjoy, Relax.
Bridie, a pupil at New Mills School in High Peak, entered the first-ever ‘Express Yourself’ story competition with her story: ‘Happy Travelling’, an exciting tale about a young girl called Anita and her grandmother who go on a magical Christmas shopping trip.
Bosses at the UK’s largest coach operator launched the writing competition, which was judged by children’s authors across the UK including Caryl Hart from Derbyshire, as part of its ‘Youth Promise’ – a commitment to give back to young people in communities across the UK.
Now Bridie’s story features alongside the other winning entries in a special ‘Travel Tales’ book for children on VUER: National Express’ complimentary ‘infotainment’ app, which allows coach travellers to enjoy films, TV and magazines and free WiFi – all completely free of charge.
National Express UK Coach Managing Director Chris Hardy said: “Every year we take millions of people on a journey, so it seemed really fitting to turn the tables and invite kids from all over the country to let their imaginations run riot and take us on a literary journey and they certainly didn’t disappoint. We’ve been absolutely blown away by quality of the entries which have taken us from depths of the jungle to outer space – and just about everywhere in between.
“All the entries we received were brilliant and we’d like to say a huge thanks to all the young people who entered – we loved reading every single tale – as well as of course a massive well done to Bridie whose story will now be enjoyed by millions on VUER”.
Author Caryl Hart said: “What a wonderful story, Bridie’s descriptions really bring the trip to life - I was right there with Anita, drinking hot chocolate, eating a cream cake and taking in all the sights and smells and excitement of a shopping trip at Christmas. Many congratulations on a brilliant piece of writing! Well done!”
New Mills School and Sixth Form Headteacher Debbie McGloin said: “We are extremely proud of Bridie’s achievement in winning this competition, she is clearly a very talented writer and I am sure she is going to win many more awards”.
Bridie’s story is available on VUER this summer as part of the ‘Travel Tales’ short story collection. To read it customers simply need to download the VUER from the Apple or Android app store on their phone or tablet before they get on-board to access the content, which is then streamed over Wi-Fi during the journey.