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Cockroach story leads to double win

Sam Limpenny-Fawcett
Sam Limpenny-Fawcett

A PROBLEM with cockroaches has led to Sam Limpenny-Fawcett winning the national Norman Lindsay Short Story Competition for the second year running.

The 12-year-old Alstonville Public School Year 6 student was “surprised” by his double success, but it hasn’t changed his opinion about cockroaches, which were the focus of his piece.

“I still hate them,” he said.

The Festival of Australian Children’s Literature award asked students to write a 1000-word story in the theme “My Favourite Place” suitable for children aged 6 to 12.

After a battle with German cockroaches at his family home, Sam decided to write the story from the viewpoint of the critters – a style he used last year when he wrote about his “My Best Friends – A long-suffering pair of shoes”.

When the pest man left, Sam set about penning the story of Isaac the German cockroach and his favourite place: the kitchen.

He writes about Isaac and his nightly search for food in the kitchen of Mr and Mrs Loop’s house – and the cockroach races.

Sam said he enjoyed using his imagination to pretend he was a cockroach.


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