Eloise Williams is Children’s Laureate Wales 2019 – 2021. She grew up in Llantrisant and has strong connections to the area.

Her novels won Wales Arts Review Young People’s Book of the Year 2017, the YBB Book Awards 2018, North East Book Awards 2019 and was shortlisted for the Tir na nOg Awards in 2018 and 2019.

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In her open letter to children at the beginning of her tenure, Eloise says “I’ve always loved stories. The joy of losing yourself in a good story is simply magical. Stories connect us, give us empathy and understanding, exercise our brains and imaginations, let us travel the world and experience the greatest wonders.”

About the competition, Eloise says “I am thrilled to have been asked to judge this inspiring competition. I grew up very near The Royal Mint and have such wonderful memories of Llantrisant. As Children’s Laureate Wales I am very excited to encourage creative writing in young people and look forward to reading the stories.” “The key ingredients I am looking for are creativity and imagination - use those in abundance and you can't go wrong. Looking forward to reading the stories!”

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