Blue Peter has spoken. Vashti Hardy wins. Wildspark is voted the best story 0f 2020.

Vashti Hardy has won the best story at the Blue Peter 2020 Book Awards for her story Wildspark.

Thanks to Reading Zone, Vashti is set to be guest of honour at the Reigate and Banstead Writes awards on Friday 19th June. The event, at the Harlequin Theatre Redhill, will celebrate the creativity, imagination and achievements of the borough’s young writers. The competition is open for entries until 31st March. The winners, runners up, young writers, supporters, teachers, parents and community groups will be invited to join in with a joyful celebration.

Many congratulations to Vashti on this well deserved award. Read on for more details on Vashti’s marvellous book.


Prue is a young farm girl whose older brother, Francis, had a natural talent for engineering. But after his untimely death, the family have been shattered by grief. Everything changes when a stranger arrives at the farm….

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Reigate and Banstead Writes was initiated by The Warwick School, Redhill and is one of several community groups working together to produce the first RH Fringe festival – that will take place in June 2020. This has been made possible thanks to support from Reigate and Banstead Council small grants programme and sponsorship from Andrews Estate Agents, Redhill. The Fringe is a not for profit venture and will raise funds for Action for Carers, Renewed Hope Trust and Loveworks.

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