The winners of the Dahlightful Stories Competition were announced by Ken Skates AM, Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure, at an event held in the Senedd that showcased the highlights of the vibrant Roald Dahl 100 Wales celebrations throughout 2016.
The competition was organised by the Welsh Books Council on behalf of the Welsh Government, and was an official part of the Roald Dahl 100 celebrations. It received an excellent response, with 568 children from across Wales taking part and sending in their adventure stories to be judged by authors Phil Carradice, Horatio Clare and Elin Meek. They judges had quite a challenge to decide which stories would be shortlisted, and an even harder task in choosing an overall winner for each of the four categories. The winners were as follows: Ella Forster, of St Dogmaels Community School, Pembrokeshire, was the overall winner of the English-language Primary Category with her Dahl-inspired story The Squenguanaflion. Daniel Jones, from Ysgol Ffridd y Llyn, Bala, won the Welsh-language Primary Category with his story Does Neb yn Gwybod. In the Secondary Category, Josh Kenny of Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Bryntawe, Swansea, impressed the judges with his tale of Grandad's Rocket and was chosen as overall winner in the English-language Secondary Category. Finally, Chloe Stacey of Ysgol Gyfun Garth Olwg, Pontypridd, took first prize with her story Melltith Stryd Fawr in the Welsh-language Secondary Category. Angharad Sinclair, Reading Promotions Project Manager for the Welsh Books Council, said: "We were thrilled that so many children took part and it was a privilege to read so many wonderful stories that were the product of such bright imaginations. A huge thanks to all that took part, as well as to the teachers and parents that supported the competition." The winning and shortlisted entries of the competition will be published in an anthology that will be available throughout Wales by March 2017.