Lina’s spooky story scoops prize

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A GHOST story written by a young pupil at Whitby’s Eskdale School won her a top prize in a writing competition.

Lina Cox is aged just twelve but her teacher described her as an outstanding student who is gifted and talented.

Her story was written following a visit to the school by fiction writer Carol Leach who told the pupils about her work in the supernatural genre.

Following her visit teacher June McCleave entered the school in the Halifax Ghost Festival Competition which is funded by the Arts Council.

Lina’s story entitled Fever came joint first with one written by a pupil from Tadcaster Grammar School and they were each given a prize of £100.

Later, Lina said: “I was really thrilled and didn’t expect it at all.”

She also writes poetry and aims to become a professional writer when she grows up – and she particularly likes ghosts and spooky things.

She spent her prize money on a video camera with some extra help from her parents.