Lo­cal writ­ers on short­list

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS - By Patrick Tansey

Three lo­cal writ­ers have been short­listed in the Joseph Fur­phy Lit­er­ary Prize’s ju­nior sec­tion, which is for en­trants up to 12 for a short story of up to 2000 words.

Cadence Pang, 12 (Co­bram Angli­can Gram­mar School), Sanuda Diyagama, 12 (Co­bram Angli­can Gram­mar School) and Emily Davies, 9 (Goul­burn Val­ley Gram­mar School) were told of the good news last week.

Now in its 26th year, the lit­er­ary prize was started to com­mem­o­rate 150 years since Joseph Fur­phy’s birth.

Un­der the pen name of Tom Collins, Mr Fur­phy wrote a num­ber of books and ar­ti­cles and is best known for Such is Life.

The Fur­phy Foundry do­nates the prize money for the an­nual writ­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

The Co­bram li­brary’s An­dre Smith said each writer stood out with their cap­ti­vat­ing sto­ry­telling abil­ity.

‘‘We had lots of en­tries here at the li­brary, which was re­ally pleas­ing to see, but these three all re­ally stood out,’’ he said.

Emily’s story Cabin Catas­tro­phe was about two friends go­ing camp­ing.

‘‘They se­cretly climb a moun­tain and one of the friends breaks her leg and they call an am­bu­lance and go to hos­pi­tal. Their par­ents had told them they weren’t to go, but they went any­way and learnt a les­son from it,’’ Emily said.

She said the in­spi­ra­tion for her story came when she was sit­ting at home and the idea ran­domly popped into her head.

This year is the sec­ond time Sanuda has been short­listed and he said his story The Robin Hood was based around the tale of the orig­i­nal Robin Hood.

‘‘It’s about a poor in­di­vid­ual who steals from a wealthy busi­ness owner to pro­vide for an old or­phan­age,’’ he said.

Cadence said her story Poor Coun­try World was in­spired by world poverty.

‘‘The idea came from see­ing world poverty and strug­gles in the world that have been both­er­ing me a bit lately,’’ she said.

‘‘In the story there are four coun­tries in the world that don’t have enough to drink or it’s dirty wa­ter and then it talks about a per­son com­ing to help them.’’

The win­ner will be an­nounced next month at a pre­sen­ta­tion in Shep­par­ton.

Fi­nal­ists: Emily Davies, 9, Sanuda Diyagama, 12, and Cadence Pang, 12, have been short­listed for the Joseph Fur­phy Lit­er­ary Prize in the ju­nior sec­tion.

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