Kate's storytelling ability claims trophy

19:13, Dec 05 2013
kate forbes
THE BEST: Bluestone School year 8 pupil Kate Forbes at Timaru District Library holds the trophy she won in the 2013 Ursula Moray Williams Creative Writing Competition for her story, Why the Moon is Silver.

Avid reader Kate Forbes won the overall 2013 Ursula Moray Williams Creative Writing Competition with a story about the moon.

The Bluestone School year 8 pupil wrote a rough copy of Why the Moon is Silver before the competition."It crashed and burned so I embellished it," she said.

Her story is about a greedy king who steals the moon.

To enter the competition year 0 to 8 children had to write an original short story on any topic.

Stories were judged mainly on the quality of invention, language skills, characterisation, story construction, and the power of the story overall.

The judges commented on the high standard of the entries, and noted the very good use of language displayed by many of the authors.


Kate reads incessantly and also enjoys writing. She hopes to be a writer or teacher when she leaves school.

"I read when I walk and at home under the [bed] covers with a torch," she said.

Kate's story Why the Moon is Silver will be published on the Herald's feature page tomorrow.


The late Ursula Moray Williams was an English children's author who wrote almost 70 books and visited Timaru in 1980.

She donated a cup for a creative writing competition for South Canterbury children. The competition was run biennially by the Timaru Children's Book then passed to the Timaru District Libraries.

The Timaru Herald