Book gives Tynemouth students a licence to chill

A poster for the Spine Chillers competition.

A poster for the Spine Chillers competition.

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Pupils at a North Tyneside school have proved they have a licence to chill after doing more than all write in a national competition.

No fewer than 54 out of 62 pupils at Tynemouth’s Kings Priory School to enter Cambridgeshire firm Young Writers’ Spine Chillers competition are to have their 100-word stories featured in a book showcasing its best entries.

The book will be published by Young Writers, an organisation set up to encourage young people to try out creative writing, in May, and it will be available nationwide.

Sue Penhall, an English teacher at the Huntingdon Place school, said: “The competition fitted in perfectly with the work on Gothic literature that the students were studying last half-term.

“Many of them have been inspired to write their own stories by the likes of The Woman in Black and A Monster Calls.

“The real challenge was that they had only 100 words to play with.”

“I’m very proud of them all for this achievement.”