Posted: Friday 9 February 2018

Happy ending for High School writer

Hannah Cowieson's work features in the SQA's brand-new publication, Write Times 2Adding an unexpected twist to a well-known story has led to a happy ending for a talented High School of Dundee writer, but not for the tale’s protagonist!

F6 pupil Hannah Cowieson’s dark but humorous continuation of the story of Cinderella has been included in the SQA’s Write Times 2, a brand-new publication show-casing the best creative writing produced by students from across Scotland who have completed English courses over the past year.

Hannah’s Higher English creative folio piece, ‘Gone Mad’, tells the tale of the unfortunate events which befall Cinderella after she comes clean to Prince Charming about the manufactured circumstances of their meeting, and is one of just three compositions which were chosen to be illustrated by an artist.

And the story literally took centre stage at the launch event for the publication, which was held at Glasgow’s Contemporary Arts Centre last night, when Hannah was – again one of only three authors – asked to read her piece to an audience that included Deputy First Minister, and Cabinet Secretary for Education, John Swinney MSP.

Hannah said, “This wasn’t something I was expecting but I was really happy when I found out my story was being included.

“I enjoy writing and this has given me a bit more confidence. Seeing my name in print will be very strange!”

The new book features more than 30 pieces - essays, prose, poetry, and drama - written by SQA candidates as part of their English courses at National, Higher, and Advanced Higher level, and also includes selected work from students who have achieved the Creative Industries: Media and Communication Higher National Certificate at college.

Hannah Cowieson's was invited to read her piece at the launch of Write Times 2

SQA Chief Executive, Dr Janet Brown, said: “We’ve compiled the very best creative writing demonstrated by SQA candidates from across the country. The works we’ve reproduced in Write Times 2 are a fantastic testament to the effort these young authors, and the work they have put into achieving their qualifications.”

Copies of the publication will be sent to every school and college across the country and a free e-book version is also available to download now, on compatible devices, at https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/24107.html

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