Good Run for Eva at awards

Melville Times - - News -

SANTA Maria Col­lege stu­dent Eva Cocks has shown a knack for the writ­ten word af­ter claim­ing two prizes in the verse and short story com­pe­ti­tion at the Henry Law­son Fes­ti­val.

The Year 12 stu­dent’s works The White Run and Bruises were awarded first and sec­ond award re­spec­tively in the short story high school sec­tion of the awards, which were held in Gren­fell, NSW, from June 7 to 11.

Eva said she had not en­tered a national com­pe­ti­tion be­fore, so she was ner­vous about send­ing her work off.

“I never ex­pected to do this well and still can’t fully be­lieve it,” she said.

“My success in this com­pe­ti­tion has given me the con­fi­dence to pur­sue my tal­ent and means that there are peo­ple out there who are sup­port­ive of my writ­ing.

“As a win­ner, I also get pub­lished in the fes­ti­val’s an­thol­ogy.”

Eva said she loved the free­dom that writ­ing gave to her.

“I am able to ex­press my opin­ion, ob­ser­va­tions and cre­ativ­ity in a medium that is ef­fec­tively lim­it­less and abides to the sole rule that in­deed every rule can be bro­ken,” she said.

“As a quiet per­son, I also have a soft spot for writ­ing as it isn’t in a spo­ken form.

“In­stead, it is writ­ten, and so the art speaks louder than the writer ever could, giv­ing me con­fi­dence in both my work and my­self.”

She was un­sure if she would pur­sue it as a ca­reer.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son d484056

Eva Cocks had dual suc­cesses at a NSW writ­ing fes­ti­val com­pe­ti­tion.

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