Lo­cal au­thor wins CBC prize

The Daily Courier - - OKANAGAN -

Kelowna au­thor Alix Haw­ley has been awarded the CBC Short Story Prize for her short story, Witch­ing.

“The story is about a sol­dier com­ing back from Afghanistan and his girl­friend find­ing him changed and try­ing to deal with that,” said Haw­ley.

Af­ter be­ing in­spired by an ar­ti­cle about plas­tic surgery fol­low­ing the First World War, Haw­ley wrote Witch­ing in only a cou­ple of days.

“I al­ways en­joy see­ing what comes out of your sub­con­scious when you start putting things down on the pa­per,” she said. “It’s al­ways a sur­prise to me how the story ends up.”

As the grand prize win­ner, Haw­ley will re­ceive $6,000 from the Canada Coun­cil for the Arts, and her story will be pub­lished in the May edi­tion of Air Canada’s en­Route mag­a­zine.

She will also re­ceive a 10day writ­ing res­i­dency at Banff Cen­tre for Arts and Cre­ativ­ity.

“I’m fin­ish­ing a book, and that time and space there will be re­ally help­ful,” said Haw­ley.

“You get to stay in a cabin in the woods and work; it’s the most in­spir­ing place.”

You can read her story at: cbc.ca/books/2017/04/witch­ing.html.

MIKE HAW­LEY/Spe­cial to The Daily Courier

Kelowna au­thor Alix Haw­ley’s short story, Witch­ing, won the CBC Short Story con­test.

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