AN EIGHT-YEAR-OLD writer said she feels ‘proud’ after her book of poetry has garnered the praise of a famous author and raised big money for Children in Need.
Evelyn Kimber of Underdown Road, Southwick, said she was inspired to write a book of poetry after she won a local competition launched by popular children’s poet Roger Stevens at The Book Nook in Hove.
Evelyn’s mother, Natasha, said that her daughter has been writing since she was ‘tiny’.
“It’s her favourite thing to do,” said Natasha. “Roger Stevens ran the Animal Poetry Competition over the summer and Evelyn won the prize, which was a copy of his new book, The Penguin in Lost Property.”
Feeling inspired, the St Nicolas and St Mary Primary School pupil decided to write her own book of 20 poems and sell them to raise funds for Children in Need.
“I’m a really big fan of poetry,” said Evelyn. “I wrote a collection of different poetry - some have rhythm and some have alliteration.”
Beginning with just a few copies to sell for £1 each at her Shoreham school, Evelyn’s book, Magic Poetry, is now available at The Book Nook, in Hove.
Natasha said: “I’m so proud of her because it’s always what she wanted to do. Roger has seen it and said she is very talented. She’s written a lot about animals and one called The World, which is about saving the planet.”
To keep up with demand, Evelyn and her mother have been frantically printing off copies from home.
Evelyn said: “I feel quite proud of myself. I want people to be able to look at my poems and I want to raise money for charity. It makes me feel very special. My friends are quite chuffed and they all bought one as soon as it came out.
“When I’m older, I’d like to be a poet and a writer and an author,” she added.
Copies of Evelyn’s book are available for £1 at St Nicolas and St Mary Primary School in Eastern Avenue, Shoreham, and The Book Nook in St Johns Place, Hove.