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David Walliams crowns little Briton Young Writer of the Year

Eight year old Mia Falatoori won the competition with 'The Mum with the Toxic Bum', her comic tale of an unfortunately appended mother

Posted by Julian Owen | July 09, 2018 | School life

Eight year old Mia Falatoori, from East London, has been crowned winner of The National Young Writers’ Awards 2018. The competition, now in its tenth year, was judged by bestselling author and comedian, David Walliams, and organised by tuition provider, Explore Learning. Mia was surprised in an assembly at her school - Churchfields Junior in South Woodford – when Walliams who presented her with a prize of a trip to Disneyland Paris for her family and £500 worth of books for the school. He then read out Mia’s winning story, 'The Mum with the Toxic Bum', to the whole school and also her family, who had turned up in secret!

Walliams said: “I was overwhelmed by the quality and creativity of the stories I read in the National Young Writers’ Awards, and was so impressed that this broad range of exciting ideas have come from such young writers. Each piece of writing drew me in and kept me captivated by clever and observant story lines and engaging characters.

“I picked Mia’s story because it really made laugh. I love funny stories and this is one of the funniest pieces of writing I have read in ages. The images that are painted in your head when you read it are hilarious – I only wish I had written it myself! I am sure this winning writer will be a big success and a wonderful writer for children one day, if she wants to be.”

The annual writing competition is now in its tenth year. This year’s theme was ‘heroes’, where children were tasked with writing a 500-word story all about their heroe. Mia chose the fictional character of a pickled onion-eating mum who saves the day by poisoning would-be criminals with her toxic posterior. Over 38,000 children from across the UK entered the competition, with Explore Learning running creative writing workshops up and down the country in a bif to onspire children to get creative and give writing a try.

Besides Mia's prizes, the top 10 entries received £250 worth of books for their schools from Letts Revision, plus a large print of the opening line of their story by QuirkyLime. Each of the 151 regional winners also won books worth £50.

For more information about the National Young Writers’ Awards visit

Mia’s Winning Story

The Mum with the Toxic Bum

My mum loves pickled onions, I hate them. They look horrible – like eyeballs floating in a jar, they smell even worse and I can only imagine the taste….. uuuuggggghhhhhhhh…….

This is a story about my mum and her love of pickled onions and how together they saved the day!

Crunch Crunch - my mum is eating pickled onions… again, I’m holding my nose. We were just popping out to the shops when she popped two in her mouth ‘for the journey.’

We live in a city, people think full of crime and criminals, but it’s not all bad. I love my school, my friend, my pets and family. There’s always something to do or somewhere to go.

We were just off shopping one Saturday afternoon. Walking along the road I saw someone looking a bit suspicious. I tugged my mum’s arm when he started following us. Next thing I knew as the man was about to snatch my mums bag ……. She FARTED!!!! She let out a huge loud long fart!!!! The man froze, sniffed and fainted!!! My mum didn’t even notice!

Next we jumped on the tube, it was very busy. I spied another dodgy character dipping his fingers into people pockets and taking their belongings. I tugged my mums arm again, it must have shocked her as she FARTED again! It was more a whooshing sound this time; I’d say it was an SBD (Silent but Deadly).

People on the train were in shock, holding their noses. At the next station everyone jumped off gasping for air! The pickpocket was trapped, frozen in the carriage. My mum didn’t know what was going on?

At the shops, we were buying MORE pickled onions! I saw yet another sneaky figure wandering through the aisles. He kept looking over his shoulder and was wearing a big coat even though it was a warm day. I followed him to observe his suspicious activities – he was a thief! He was filling his coat pocket with lots of goods – I needed to tell someone - and fast.

I was about to report him to the store manager, when my mum appeared – running towards the checkout with her trolley full of pickled onions. She spotted me with happiness after I had gone off being a detective. She was so relived she’d found me, she let out an almighty TRUMP. This trump was like nothing before – it was powerful blast and blew the thief’s coat right off revealing all the stolen goods.

The police arrived and arrested the crook, putting him in the back of the police car with two other baddies whose eyes were staring forwards and watering.

See, my mum with her toxic bum was a hero and she didn’t even know it. She thought she’d hit the jackpot when the store manager gave her a lifetime supply of pickled onions (poor me) and the police gave me a gold medal shaped like a pickled onion!!




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