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Mile Oak girl wins international writing competition

A girl from Mile Oak has won an international writing competition.

Rida Vaquas

Rida Vaquas

Twelve-year-old Rida Vaquas won £200 for her poem The News, which once the categroy for eight to 15-year-olds at the Birmingham Book Festival.

The competition, run by south Asian arts development agency sampad, received more than 500 entries from around the world.

Rida’s poem has now been published by sampad with a selection of winning entries in a collection of short stories and poems called Journeys.

Piali Ray, director of sampad said:

“This exciting competition connected us with over 500 writers from 19 countries and we were extremely impressed with the quality, passion and zeal of the entries, from young and old alike. I heartily congratulate all the writers who participated.

“We continually strive to profile creative people and the Journeys book is an excellent way to bring these talented writers to public attention. The project also adds to our international work developing intercultural dialogues across communities.”

The Journeys book is available to buy for £3.99 from or email to place an order.

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