Jenny gets some spooky inspiration

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We had a great response to our Christmas ghost story competition, with lots of you coming up with spooky festive tales.

Jenny Crews, who was picked as the runner-up in the 15-and-under category, is only 13 - but the talented writer is busy revising to take a GCSE in English Literature in the new year.

The Cowplain Community School Year 9 pupil is in the top stream and has been given the opportunity to sit her exam early.

She was encouraged to enter our Christmas ghost story competition by her mum, Carol. Jenny, who lives in Forest Avenue, Cowplain, receives a 25 gift card to spend at the Portsmouth branch of Waterstone's.

She said: 'I sit up in my room with some music on and come up with ideas for stories.

'I showed the ghost story to my mum and we then edited it together.'

Jenny, who has a 10-year-old sister, Maddy, already had some spooky inspiration for her festive tale.

Carol explained: 'In the deeds to our house there is a death certificate of a man who died here in the 1970s. What was a bedroom then is our dining room now and despite having heaters and radiators, we can never warm it through.'

She added: 'I'm very proud of Jenny. She has a sensible head on her shoulders and is doing really well.'