Lau­ren bathes in award glory

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - South Perth -

NINE-year-old Lau­ren Winship was swimming in glory after be­ing crowned sec­ond place in the mid­dle pri­mary cat­e­gory of the Tim Win­ton Award for Young Writ­ers awards re­cently.

The St Columba’s Catholic Pri­mary School stu­dent’s story My Mind is Swimming was de­scribed by judges as a well writ­ten and poetic slice-of-life about the joy of imag­i­na­tion.

The judges said that the im­agery and fig­u­ra­tive lan­guage used in Lau­ren’s piece was very much in the vein of Tim Win­ton him­self.

Award pa­tron Tim Win­ton shared some words of wis­dom while con­grat­u­lat­ing the win­ners.

“When I was just a 10-year-old boy I de­cided that I wanted to be a writer for the rest of my life,” he said. “Even though the odds were that it was never go­ing to hap­pen for me, I know that if I hadn’t be­come a pro­fes­sional writer, I would still be a sto­ry­teller.”

The an­nual Tim Win­ton Award for Young Writ­ers is open to all WA school stu­dents aged five to 18.

Win­ning en­tries can be viewed at www.su­bi­aco.wa.gov.au and will be on dis­play at Su­bi­aco Li­brary un­til Septem­ber 14.

Lau­ren Winship with Tim Win­ton.

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