Worcestershire Literary Festival supports talented young author
07 Aug 2013
It is said that we all have at least one story in us and many of us dream of seeing that work published for all to enjoy.
Kay Baxter, a student at Malvern St James Girls’ School, is one young girl making that dream a reality. At only 10 years old, Kay, who lives in Malvern, has already published her first book ‘Mespirita’ and picked up a few fans along the way.
Sylvia Herbert Committee Member and Lisa Ventura, Founder & Committee Member for the Worcestershire Literary Festival were thrilled to hear about Kay’s book, popping into Malvern St James to meet the budding young author.
Sylvia said: “We were delighted to hear about Kay’s wonderful achievement in publishing her own book ‘Mespirita’. Part of the Festival ethos is a desire to encourage, support and promote young writers and authors, Kay is a superb role model, showing remarkable initiative and commitment. We would like to congratulate her on this achievement and wish her every success with the publication of her book.”
Kay began work on ‘Mespirita’ at Malvern St James for her Year 6 Independent Learning Project with the aim of writing a long story and then, using Amazon’s self-publishing tool ‘Createspace,’ see it through to publication. Set in the fantasy land of Mespirita, the reader joins Jim and Emma on a journey of dreams, elves and a treacherous mission that may cost them their lives!
“I am so happy I have achieved what I set out to do!” said Kay. “I have always wanted to be an author and love dreaming up imaginary worlds. My Form Teacher, Mr Charles, introduced me to Amazon’s Createspace and he has been so supportive during the whole process. I can’t wait to get started on the next one!”
“The Independent Study Project that each Year 6 pupil undertakes at MSJ is a fantastic way of fostering independent thinking and creativity,” said Mrs Marina Sherwood, Head of the Preparatory Department at Malvern St James. “The results are always inspirational, with interests ranging from rock climbing to novel writing. Moreover, the girls learn skills that can be applied throughout their School career and beyond.”
Katherine’s book ‘Mespirita’ is available for purchase via Amazon priced £2.99.