Imagination is key to young Newbury Park author’s books

PUBLISHED: 18:10 01 July 2016

Praveen Kanapathypillai has been nominated for a Young Citizens Award for writing a book which is soon to be published

Praveen Kanapathypillai has been nominated for a Young Citizens Award for writing a book which is soon to be published


Many adults struggle to get a book published, let alone children, but one 12-year-old from Newbury Park has beaten the odds with his

story featuring a magical flute and monkeys.

Praveen Kanapathypillai, of Clifton Road, has already written two books, one of which will be published through Young Writers.

His flair for creative storytelling caught the attention of Year 7 Leader, Miss McMillan of Seven Kings School, Ley Street, Ilford.

She was so impressed that she nominated him for a Recorder/Redbridge Rotary Club Young Citizen Award.

Praveen said he loved to unleash his creativity, but there was more to writing than plot.

“The best thing about writing stories is using the imagination – imagination is the key,” he said.

“Books need it and they would be boring without it.”

The young writer has drawn influence from the world around him for his story and based the monkeys on his friends because “they are crazy and jump a lot”.

He also used his parents as inspiration for the magical flute.

Praveen said he has written from a young age and tried to tackle a “diverse range of genres”.

“I don’t have a special author I like to read,” said Praveen. “I read different genres for different moods.”

He said books were a great way for young people to deal with their emotions.

Praveen said while his parents were not that interested in books and did not read that often, his older sister Preethiga, 13, loved to

delve into stories.

She inspired him to read lots and try out a range of books.

“If you don’t read books, how are you going to learn new words and learn new things?” said Praveen.

“If you read comedy one day, then crime another, and then love the next, you will find out lots of new words and it will be interesting.”

Miss McMillan said: “Writing a book is something that is very impressive and not many students would go out of their way in their own time to do it,” she said.

“His story sounds amazing and not may people write a story in their lifetime.”

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