Budding author reaches finals

Chelsea Duncan with her prizes
Chelsea Duncan with her prizes

A Peterhead youngster is celebrating after reaching the finals of a national writing competition.

Chelsea Duncan’s story, Six in the Room, made it through to the finals of the Wicked Young Writers Award.

Her story was about a young girl who visited her grandmother in hospital but while there, she noticed a mysterious woman in the corner of the room.

One day a doctor came in with a new treatment that could cure cancer and it was named JAC.

The girl later returned to the six-patient ward only to find that there were now just five patients and the mysterious woman had gone.

It was then revealed that the woman’s initials were the same as the treatment.

One of Chelsea’s friends saw the competition on the internet and thought she should enter it.

Chelsea’s mum Mhairi explained: “She entered but kind of forgot about it and thought nothing would come of it.

“In June she got an email from the awards saying she was one of 20 finalists and we were invited to the award ceremony at the Apollo Theatre in London - she was so excited and it was such a surprise.”

Chelsea, her mum, dad and grandparents headed down to the ceremony on Monday, June 29.

Chelsea said: “It was really cool, we saw the cast of Wicked and they sang for us.

“We went up on stage to get some photos and our prizes then we we were interviewed by the press.

“I love writing and would definitely enter the competition again.”

Mhairi added: “Everyone is incredibly proud of her, it is such an achievement.”