Well done to Tom O’Kane in 2RD who won his age category in a UK wide festive writing competition.

Tom, aged 6, scooped a prize of £250 for the school with his brilliantly original story about Santa eating so many mince pies that he couldn’t fit into his suit.

Tom also received a Christmas stocking stuffed with £50 worth of goodies for himself from competition organisers

The happy schoolboy says: “I really like writing stories and I’m glad that everyone liked it. I hope Santa still visits me after I called him fat!”


The competition was judged by top children’s author Sam Hay, author of the bestselling Undead Pets series, who says: “Christmas inspires so many stories and clearly sparked the imagination of the children who entered. It was a joy to read all of the entries, and what I thought would be an easy task turned into a monster of indecision. Judging so many fantastic stories is so much harder than writing a book!
“Tom’s story really made me laugh, the idea of Santa eating so many mince pies that he is unrecognisable was a great idea. It had a really lovely ending and was a wonderful story to read.”
The competition attracted hundreds of entries from across across all over the UK. The top 50 entries, including Tom and Edwin’s story, have been made into a book which can be read at

There are lots of other successful entries from St Ursula's children such as Bailey Amesbury, Bryony Chesneau, Greta O'Toole and Minnie McNamara to name but a few so please be sure to take a look at the fabulous book!
Ian Cowley, managing director of, says: “We’ve had more entries this year than any other year, and we’ve all immensely enjoyed reading the stories and poems that have come in. The quality of the stories and the imagination of the children who took part is really special. The e-book will make for great bedtime stories at Christmas and beyond.”  

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