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When Teagan’s grandmother read the fantastic mystery story her granddaughter had written about an Easter egg thief, she was inspired to transform it into a book with illustrations. Angie Girling is an award-winning botanical artist and it was a pleasure for her to create a series of drawings to complement Teagan’s story. Teagan then added colour to her grandmother’s illustrations:

“My grandmother said that I should add the colours that were in my imagination when I wrote the story,” Teagan explains whilst showing her English teacher Miss Garlinge and her year 8 English class the finished book.

“I really enjoyed writing the story,” Teagan tells her teacher and peers with a big smile on her face. “I like thinking of good and bad characters and plot twists.”

Tegan has a beautifully creative mind and her confidence in her creativity is flourishing. She loves to illustrate her written work and her imaginative writing is always thoughtfully presented.

“I think that being dyslexic helps me to be imaginative,” Teagan explains. “I think my brain just works that way. I’m not great at spelling but that doesn’t stop me from writing and writing. I can always get help to correct my spelling once I have finished. I just really love writing stories and thinking of new ideas. I also love animals so a lot of my stories and poems are about animal characters.”

Teagan is very proud of her grandmother and is so delighted that she has illustrated her story:

“She has won gold, silver, and bronze medals from the Royal Horticultural Society for her botanical art,” Teagan explains. “She’s kind of retired now but she still paints and used to teach botanical art too.”

When asked if she would like to eventually become a professional writer, Teagan thinks for a moment and then says:

“I don’t think so. I love being outdoors, so I think I’d like to have a career doing something outside. But I’d like to keep writing as a hobby.”


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