THIS trio of young people are certainly made of the "write stuff".

Juliette Pilling, aged 11, Zakariya Hashmi, Grace Kenny, both aged nine, are through to the next round of the BBC 500 Words Story Writing Competition after beating thousands of other young writers from across the country.

Their stories will now be judged by The Reading Agency and if they are successful they will go to the grand final held at Windsor Castle in the presence of Duchess of Cornwall.

The three all attend Ramsbottom A Star Tuition Group.

Helen Wilson, principal teacher who has worked in schools across Bury, said: "Over the last few years, I have encouraged all my pupils to enter the competition and two years ago, Meren Hildred reached the final with her story, ‘The Adventures of Lefty the Lonesome Loafer’.

"For the last two years I have volunteered as one of the BBC judges ­— this year, the stories were a very high standard, so reaching the semi-finals is a fantastic achievement!"

She added: "I feel extremely proud that three of my talented pupils have written such entertaining, short stories. I’m not surprised that their stories have impressed the BBC judges and am confident that their creativity will also have an impact on the judges at The Reading Agency in the next round. I wish Juliette, Zakariya and Grace the best of luck and hope to see them in the grand final at Windsor Castle!"

Juliette short story is entitled Danger! and tells the story of a kiwi who is threatened by poachers; Zakariya's The Stinky Teacher in which the naughtiest boys come up with "a cunning plan" to make Miss Muck smell as fresh as a daisy and Grace's tale is about a nine year who reaches the final of the World Crazy Golf Championship in a story of the same name.