ASPIRING writers shared their inspiring stories at the Guildhall last week for the Andover round of a national young writer’s competition.

The Rotary Young Writer competition saw 75 secondary school pupils submit pieces under the title ‘my inspiration’.

Pupils, parents and Rotarians attended as author Vera Hughes and published poet Wendy Falla judged the winning entries.

Mayor of Test Valley, Councillor Ian Carr, presented certificates to the winners.

The competition was split into two categories – intermediate, for pupils aged 11 to 14, and senior, for ages 15 to 18.

Charlie Chatee, of Rookwood School, won the intermediate section having written about football superstar Lionel Messi.

He also won the John Ray Memorial Cup for best overall entry, as chosen by president of Andover Rotary Club Peter Howson.

Test Valley School’s Andreea Hagui drew inspiration from her violin to win the senior category.

Georgia Fleet and Robert Coleman, both Rookwood School pupils, were runners-up in the intermediate and senior categories respectively.

Betsy Heath and Abbey Barton (Test Valley), Elysia Blocksidge, Charlotte Smith and Alya Omeh (Rookwood) and Shona Edington Elliott and Abigail Jackson (Winton Academy) were highly commended.