‘Inspiring’ Oliver is a winning poet

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An ‘inspirational’ teenager has taken his previous poetry writing success and pushed the boundaries to enter further competitions.

Oliver Etches, aged 16 of Blidworth, has Asperger’s Syndrome but he hasn’t let this hold him back taking 2nd place in the New Writers UK Young Inspirational Writers Competition.

The win has boosted his confidence and motivated him to continue writing and enter more competitions.

“He is so amazing and is an inspiration,” said his mum Joanne. “He has had an awful time growing up and has shut himself away in his room writing poetry.

“He always wanted to fit in but I’ve told him he was born to stand out.”

The New Writers Competition was the first one entered by Oliver whose family always said he had a talent.

“He couldn’t believe it when he was successful and was so excited,” added Joanne. “Knowing people other than his friends and family wanted to read his work has really inspired him to write more.”

Oliver has been a member of the Rainworth-based Spectrum WASP group for three years. They are a support group for autistic children and their families.

“Oliver is desperately trying to find a way to ‘fit in’,” said Sue Edwards of Spectrum WASP. “He is such a kind, caring lad and has the most lovely nature butstruggles to cope with endless things, each and everyday.

“He has been very supportive of the group and held several fundraising activities to boost the group and help other children.

“He is an inspiration.”