Ben pens prize-winning ghost story

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Ben Priory’s ambition is to become an author - and the 11-year-old has got off to a great start by being picked as the runner-up in the 15-and-under category of our Christmas ghost story writing competition.

His prize is a £75 gift card to spend at any branch of Waterstones.

The Year Six pupil at Portsmouth Grammar School, who lives in Southsea, said: ‘I really enjoyed writing this story. It took me about one-and-a-half hours on my mum’s laptop, with another hour of editing.’

Ben Priory

Ben Priory

Ben, whose dad James is head at PGS and mum Helen is an English teacher at Horndean Technology College, added: ‘I knew it was 30 years since the Mary Rose was raised, so that gave me an idea. I’d also recently been playing euphonium in a school brass band at Gunwharf Quays, so that’s where the beginning came from.’

James, a former Engish teacher, said: ‘Ben loves writing. He always seems to have a notepad on the go. This is the first competition he has entered, so he was absolutely bowled over to find out he was a runner-up.’

To hear Fred Dinenage read Ben’s story, click on the multimedia link on the right.