Writer books in for £2,000 prize

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A FOR­MER Mac­cles­field pupil has won the 2015 Cheshire Prize for Lit­er­a­ture.

Pauline Brown scooped the ti­tle and £2,000 prize with her short story Tick Tock.

The short story is bout child abuse, as seen through the eyes of a young girl.

The win­ner was an­nounced at the 12th High Sher­iff’s Cheshire Prize for Lit­er­a­ture evening hosted by the Univer­sity of Ch­ester, where the nov­el­ist, lit­er­ary critic and broad­caster, Dr Michael Arditti, was the guest speaker.

Pauline spent her for­ma­tive years in Mac­cles­field and at­tended Mac­cles­field County High School for Girls.

She said: “It’s an ab­so­lutely amaz­ing feel­ing to win.

“I’m com­pletely stunned.

“I’ve won a cou­ple of flash fic­tion com­pe­ti­tions, but noth­ing as big as this.

“It was also ex­tremely spe­cial to hear Dr Arditti’s won­der­ful read­ing of my story.

“Many thanks to all, and my con­grat­u­la­tions to the run­ners-up too.”

This year’s com­pe­ti­tion was for a short story and at­tracted 226 of en­tries from writ­ers across the world, who all have a con­nec­tion with the county.

The highly com­mended run­ners-up, who re­ceived £250 for their work on the night in­cluded Cathy Bryant from Dis­ley.

Com­pe­ti­tion judge Dr Ian Seed said: “The judg­ing panel was look­ing for sto­ries that sat­is­fied var­i­ous cri­te­ria – char­ac­ter, sto­ry­line, plot, and use of imag­i­na­tion.

“More than any­thing, we were look­ing for sto­ries that ‘got be­neath the skin’ and left a last­ing im­pres­sion, and our win­ner and our highly com­mended run­ners-up def­i­nitely did that.

“Our con­grat­u­la­tions go to them, and to our win­ner, Pauline Brown, in par­tic­u­lar.”

●● Pic­tured, left to right, are Dr Ian Seed; Dr Michael Arditti; Cathy Bryant; Lynne Parry Grif­fiths; Pauline Brown; High Sher­iff of Cheshire, Mr Bill Hol­royd; and Vice-Chan­cel­lor of the Univer­sity of Ch­ester, Pro­fes­sor Tim Wheeler.

●● Heidi Reid (cen­tre) owner of Glo­ri­ous Tiaras in Mac­cles­field. pic­ture with friends

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