Young author celebrates publication of her reimagined ‘FairITales’

Knutsford girl in charity book launch

A young author from Cheshire has used the theme of technology to create a modern twist on the traditional fairy tale.

Ten-year-old Maya Chudley from Knutsford was amongst ten winners of a national story writing competition, with her story ‘Alice in DigiLand.’

The competition asked children across the UK to create an adaptation of the traditional fairy tale for a special edition of ‘FairITales’, officially launched recently.

The book features tall tales of techy princesses, smartphone-carrying knights in shining armour, tweeting piglets and gadget-loving goblins.

Speaking at the book launch, Maya said: “I am so excited to have my story published and feel very proud.

“This morning was really good fun and having all cameras and local tv here added to the excitement. I love technology and want to be a programmer when I grow up.”

The team from Advanced devised FairITales as part of their involvement with The Prince’s Trust Million Makers competition, which aims to raise over £1 million nationwide.

The Million Makers challenge sees businesses from across the UK competing to raise as much money as possible over six months for The Prince’s Trust.

Money raised will go towards helping disadvantaged young people to turn their lives around, with three in four young people supported by The Prince’s Trust moving into work, education or training.

The recent fundraising event was hosted by Advanced, who had been inspired to create a competition inviting young children aged from 6 to 11 to write a creative ‘FairITale’ for the modern era, with the top 10 winning stories chosen for the book.

Two young ambassadors from The Prince’s Trust attended the event, both to thank the young authors for all their efforts for the charity and to inspire more youngsters to get involved in future.

Prince’s Trust ambassador Deborah Meaden, one of the investors on the BBC’s Dragons’ Den show, is supporting the Million Makers competition as it turns ten.

Deborah said: “As a successful entrepreneur myself, I’m delighted to be able to support The Prince’s Trust Million Makers competition.

“Million Makers is an excellent way to encourage new ideas whilst also raising valuable funds to help young people.

“The companies that take part are doing a fantastic thing, and we should all be encouraging them in whatever way possible.”

Sally Scott, chief marketing officer at Advanced, added: “Although we are naturally advocates of the benefits of technology, this doesn’t preclude us from being huge supporters of creative thinking and writing.

“What this collection of fairy tales shows is how important it is to continually reimagine the way in which we do things - we’ve been astounded by the ingenuity demonstrated in the stories which shows how the fairy tale can still be very relevant to children today.

“These traditional tales have been transformed by these children, making them relevant to the digital era in which we live, but with humour and creativity.”

She added: “We were overwhelmed with the take up from children and enthused when picking the winning stories.

“We are constantly led to believe that children are far keener to pick up a device than read a story but we hope this FairITales book challenges that opinion.

“Contrary to expectations, the printed book is still surviving alongside its upstart e-book cousin, and technology is helping publishers and retailers reach new audiences and find new ways to tell stories.”

 

The full list of winning stories and authors are as follows:

• Princess Siri And Her Lost Phone - Jasmin Wilding, aged 9

• The Adventure Tablet - Lewis Morley, aged 8

• Sir Bastian And His Smartphone - Matilda North, aged 10

• Alice In DigiLand - Maya Chudley, aged 10

• Me And My Magic Smartwatch - Mia Gosnold, aged 9

• Mystery App - Natasha Thwaites, aged 10

• Gobble Box - Phoebe Jones, aged 9

• The Duckling That Wanted To Tweet - Sam & Thomas Curtis, age 9 and 6

• The Magic Whistle - Lucy Doris Lawson, aged 10

• The Gadget Girl - Nitya Gollapudi, aged 10

 

To find out more about The Prince’s Trust Million Makers Competition, please visit: www.princes-trust.org.uk/millionmakers

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