A PUPIL from Tilehurst has won a short story and illustration competition which was held for young people.

The competition 'Tell a Tale' was held by The Base at Greenham who announced Eloise had won the 7 – 11 year old category.

Young people aged 7 – 15 years were encouraged to get creative and write a story on whichever subject took their fancy.

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Eloise Oderberg (11) who attends Little Hurst School in Tilehurst won the 7 – 11 year old category with her dark tale The Truth About Unicorns.

Christian Foster (12) won in the 12 – 15 year old category with his story, Flight Gone Wrong.

The judging panel was made up of staff from The Base and the Corn Exchange Newbury’s education team, as well as author and poet, Toni Kent.

There is a recording of Toni reciting Eloise’s story on The Base’s Facebook page.

Eloise won tickets to visit the Quentin Blake & John Yeoman: 50 Years of Children’s Books at The Base, which is just outside Newbury, and will also see her creation displayed in the Runaway Gallery for visitors to the arts venue to enjoy.

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Quentin Blake & John Yeoman: 50 Years of Children’s Books is open from 10am to 5pm (last entry 4pm) Wednesday to Sunday from Thursday, December 3, until Sunday, December 13.

The Base is supported by the Corn Exchange Newbury and funded by Greenham Trust.