Posted: Friday 20 April 2018

Page-turning prose earns pupil a major literary prize

Eve Campbell has been named as a winner in the 2018 Pushkin Prizes competition

An inspired collection of page-turning prose has earned a High School of Dundee pupil a major literary prize.

Eve Campbell, S2, has been announced as a winner in the 2018 Pushkin Prizes competition, a prestigious Scottish/Russian creative writing contest which aims to foster a community and links among the two countries’ most promising young writers.

Named after the celebrated Russian author Alexander Pushkin, the annual competition is open to all S1 and S2 pupils in Scotland, as well as to students at English language specialist schools in and around Pushkin's home town of St Petersburg.

Entrants had to submit a folio of three pieces of creative prose which demonstrated their range as writers, and, rising to the challenge, Eve came up with compositions covering the diverse topics of Alzheimer's, friendship and reflections on life.

Having impressed the judging panel, which included authors Theresa Breslin and Joan Lennon, Eve was named as a winner and, as such, is one of only ten Scottish entrants, along with two from Russia, who have been selected to take part in a residential creative writing course at the inspiring Moniack Mhor Writers' Centre near Beauly in Inverness-shire.

After attending a prize-giving ceremony in Edinburgh this evening (Friday 20 April), the youngsters will head for the Highland retreat to spend five days honing their literary skills in a series of writing sessions led by Gerry Cambridge and Joan Lennon.

Eve said, “I’m very happy to have won the chance to attend the writing course. I really didn’t think I would get this far in the competition!

“During the camp, I’m hoping to develop my skills as a writer and to learn more about the different styles of writing.

“I really enjoy writing and I’m sure this will spur me on with it.”


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