I’m absolutely thrilled to be involved with the National Literacy Trust’s journalism competition “My Words, My World.”

Secondary schoolchildren are being invited to submit an article on a subject of their choice, with the winning entry being published in First newspaper. I’m one of the judges and  I nipped up to London yesterday to be filmed talking about journalism, writing and where I get my inspiration from. This will be shown to students to inspire them to write something marvellous (I hope).

I passionately believe that you’re never too young to start writing. I edited both my primary and secondary school magazines and also produced a weekly family newsletter when I was 10. It was full of reports about badminton matches against my sister and discussions about fashion (my solemn description of my dad’s “tweak cap” still makes me laugh).

I’ve still got a few copies in the loft which I must dig out and show my sons. It might even inspire them to start their own.

More details of the competition are here: