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Young Citizen: Aspiring Woodford Green author, 8, hopes to spread laughter to all

PUBLISHED: 07:00 29 June 2018

David Walliams surprises Mia Falatoori at her school, Churchfields Junior School in South Woodford. Photo: Explore Learning

David Walliams surprises Mia Falatoori at her school, Churchfields Junior School in South Woodford. Photo: Explore Learning

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An eight-year-old schoolgirl has ambitions of sharing laughter and stories by becoming a children’s author.

David Walliams, Mia Falatoori with mum Deborah Falatoori and dad Nima Falatoori. Photo: Explore LearningDavid Walliams, Mia Falatoori with mum Deborah Falatoori and dad Nima Falatoori. Photo: Explore Learning

This week’s Young Citizen nominee is Mia Falatoori, a pupil a Churchfields Junior School, in Churchfields, South Woodford.

Last week she was crowned winner of The National Young Writers’ Awards 2018.

“I was surprised. I wasn’t sure it would be me that would win but I had hoped it would be,” said Mia at the time.

Mia’s winning story chronicles the unwitting heroism of a mother whose superpower is her pickled onion-fuelled flatulence.

Her wind thwarts the efforts of would-be criminals as they attempt to pick people’s pockets and shoplift by stopping them in their tracks with poisonous gas.

Mia said that she plans to continue writing to achieve her dream of becoming a children’s author and is already planning to pen stories about a dad and a grandad.

Her dad Nima Falatoori said: “She has struggled in the past a little with confidence, thinking ‘I don’t know if there is a point in bothering entering this competition, I don’t think I will win anyway’.

“But since she won this award we have really seen her confidence sky rocket.”

Mia was nominated for this week’s Young Citizen award by the Woodford Green branch of Explore Learning, a tuition centre which runs the writing award.

Cathryn Brown, assistant director of the tuition centre, said: “We are so proud of Mia for being picked by David Walliams as the winner of the National Young Writers Awards.

“There were almost 40,000 entries to the competition nationally so this is such a huge achievement and testament to her talent!”

The Recorder/Redbridge Rotary Club Young Citizen Award is about celebrating the amazing young people in our borough.

It is run by the Recorder in conjunction with Redbridge Rotary Club, and sponsored by The Exchange shopping centre, Ilford, which provides each monthly winner with a £30 gift card. The Young Citizen of the Year will be crowned at the Mayor’s Community Awards in March. You can nominate any person from Redbridge, as long as they are under-25, by completing the form on our website.

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