An eight-year-old boy with a "passion for striving for a more inclusive world" has taken to the stage at The Lowry to wow an audience with his inspirational story.

Kaio Devine dos Santos, who attends Woodbank Primary School in Bury, took part in a creative writing challenge organised by The Lowry and made the shortlist out of 600 entries to read his story at the theatre on June 10.

He finishing as a runners-up in the short story category with his piece, “The Diary of Lost Stories”.

It is the second time Kaio has been shortlisted in the creative writing challenge. 

Last year he wrote a poem about equality and racial diversity called “Mandela, Miller and Rosa Parks, your fight for equality continues in our hearts”.

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His mum Laura Devine dos Santos said: “Last year, Kaio took part in the creative writing challenge at The Lowry and was shortlisted to read his poem on racial inequality.

“Kaio entered again this year and wrote a short story about his continued passion for striving for a more inclusive world.

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“He loves history and so chose to write a short story focusing on children of the past and their struggles with being treated unfairly due to the colour of their skin.

“Kaio brushes on history of Rosa Parks and Maya Angelou, as well as the Windrush and creates his own stories using his imagination.”

Language and culture have always played a large role in Kaio’s life, after living in Portugal, Spain and now England.

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Laura added: “As a mother to children of mixed heritage, I feel it is my duty to speak up about inequality and help others gain an understanding of the struggles many people still face.

“My son was blessed to have been able to read his words on his interpretation of racism in the past and the present, and the lasting impact this continues to have on a lot of us.”