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Taunton carpenter's childhood tale to become book

Jack Martin Image copyright The Big Idea
Image caption Jack Martin rediscovered his primary school story at his mother's house more than a decade later

A 23-year-old carpenter who penned a story as a schoolboy is to have the tale published.

Twelve years after writing and illustrating Cardboard Boy, Jack Martin will see it become a children's book after winning a writing competition.

Mr Martin wrote and illustrated the story aged 11 while at St Albans Primary School in Brighton.

He found it at his mother's house a decade later and entered it in The Big Idea 2018.

Barry Cunningham, judge and publisher at Chicken House, said: "Jack's story stood out as a terrific adventure with a gentle message about the 'throwaway culture' of today."

'Bursting with ideas'

Cardboard Boy lives on a fly-tipping site and can fold himself up. The story explores environmental issues and the value of friendship.

Mr Martin, who works as a carpenter in Taunton and studies at Bridgwater & Taunton College, describes himself as a "green person, bursting with ideas" that he rarely commits to paper.

He said he wanted to create a story that uses humour to remind children not to be wasteful, to care about the environment and value friendships.

"I'm so thrilled to think my idea will be turned into a book that might inspire a younger generation," he said.

He also received a cash prize of £1,000.

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