Chance to co-write a new book

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Budding young writers are being given the chance to co-write a new book with a best-selling author.

Shane Hegarty, author of the successful Darkmouth series, has written the first chapter to kick-off the competition and inspire the rest of the story.

As part of the BT and Barclays Wi-Fi in our community programme, St George’s Centre in Leeds is one of a selection of regional sites across England participating in the creative writing contest.

Aspiring writers in each of the sites, with support from local Barclays digital eagles, are invited to contribute a chapter for the new story by Mr Hegarty.

One chapter from each area will go on to be featured in the final book.

Mr Hegarty has set the scene with a first chapter based in the Darkmouth universe which sees heroes, Emily and Damian, set-off on a whirlwind adventure in pursuit of a mythical monster.

The competition is a chance for youngsters under the age of 18 to make use of the free BT and Barclays Wi-Fi to continue the story, writing a 500-word chapter about the characters’ monster-hunting exploits in their local area.

Mr Hegarty said: “It is a common assumption that the internet distracts young people from reading. However, online access opens up a world of inspiration, as well as providing a valuable research resource.”

For more information contact an on-site staff member at St George’s Centre.

Emma Horsfall, local Barclays digital eagle, said: “Shane Hegarty is an extremely popular author and it is an incredible opportunity for Leeds’s younger residents to put their reading and writing skills to the test, as well as to get creative by incorporating aspects of Leeds into the chapter.”