A TALENTED youngster can boast she is published writer after coming out on top in a creative writing competition.
Shannon Hemsley, 13, of Ashington, entered a poetry competition organised by Young Writers.
Her poem My Pretty Kitten was selected to feature in an anthology called The Poetry Games - Across the Globe.
Shannon is a member of the Choysez youth project in Bedlington, which supports young people who have been excluded from or struggle in the education system.
Project worker Steph Edwards said “We’re really proud of Shannon and pleased that her hard work has paid off.”