Co­bram young writer a lit­er­ary star in the mak­ing

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS - By Pa­trick Tansey

Co­bram’s Emily Davies, 10, (pic­tured) has won the ju­nior sec­tion of the Joseph Fur­phy com­mem­o­ra­tive lit­er­ary prize.

In its 26th year, the lit­er­ary prize was an­nounced on De­cem­ber 2 at Shep­par­ton li­brary.

Un­der the pen name of Tom Collins, Mr Fur­phy wrote many books and ar­ti­cles, leav­ing his best-known work Such is Life to con­tinue his legacy, known as the Joseph Fur­phy com­mem­o­ra­tive lit­er­ary prize.

The ju­nior sec­tion was so close, the prize could not be split, with Emily shar­ing it with Jay­den Lamb.

Goul­burn Val­ley Li­braries se­nior projects li­brar­ian Jan Sut­ton said it was only fair both sto­ries were re­warded.

‘‘It’s quite un­usual, but the judge felt they were just two such very good sto­ries that she awarded two ju­nior short sto­ries this year,’’ she said.

The Year 5 Goul­burn Val­ley Gram­mar stu­dent, who was the youngest in her cat­e­gory, said the achieve­ment had barely sunk in.

‘‘I was com­pletely shocked be­cause the judge gave all the peo­ple there a lit­tle snip­pet of each story and they were all so good, I thought I had no hope,’’ Emily said.

She said the pre­sen­ta­tion was made even bet­ter, re­ceiv­ing tips and words of wis­dom from the judges to help im­prove her writ­ing.

‘‘Be­fore they did the pre­sen­ta­tion, the judges spoke to us and dis­cussed how they had be­come a suc­cess­ful writer, which was re­ally help­ful for school next year.’’

A self-con­fessed book­worm, Emily said writ­ing was some­thing she of­ten did.

‘‘I have count­less note­books sit­ting around the house and I just pick up a pen and con­tinue with the story I’m work­ing on,’’ she said.

‘‘I’ve been read­ing since I was lit­tle. My favourite types of books are non-fic­tion and I re­ally love the Harry Potter se­ries.’’

Emily said she owed a lot of her suc­cess to her English teacher.

‘‘My teacher, Mrs Zito, has been so help­ful this year; we’ve been fo­cus­ing on writ­ing a lot in class. She’s a very good English teacher.’’

While still young, Emily said be­com­ing an au­thor was an appealing ca­reer path.

‘‘It would be nice to write books for a liv­ing one day.’’

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