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  • Lucie’s on ‘write’ lines to success - at the double!

    Henry James

    A TALENTED teenager from Skelmersdale has been awarded first prize in two national creative writing competitions.

    Lucie Stanfield, who is studying A-level English Literature, creative writing and history at Winstanley College, combined her subjects to create a winning entry in the youth section of ‘Writing Armistice’, the British Army’s 2018 poetry competition, sponsored by the Museum of Military Medicine.

    Her poem, entitled Truce, captured two different perspectives on the beaches of Dunkirk, one of real soldiers and the other of young boys playing soldiers, and clearly impressed the judges to claim first prize in the face of hundreds of competing entries.

    The 18-year-old, a former pupil at Lathom High, attended the awards ceremony at London’s National Army Museum where she read the poem aloud.

    And Lucie turned her attention from poetry to prose to win the National Flash Fiction Youth Competition organised by Chester University.

    This contest challenged writers to pen a short story with a maximum of 360 words.

    Lucie’s entry, The Mermaid’s Purse’ was partly inspired by her own childhood memories and love of the beach, but with a deliberately shocking ending in contrast with the happiness of the rest of the story.

    Her prize was £100 of Waterstones vouchers and publication online and in an issue of Flash: The International Short Story Magazine.

    Lucie was surprised but delighted by her double success. She said; “When I found out I had won two competitions I was surprised but very happy to have my work recognised.

    “Both competitions offer £100 of book vouchers as first prize which will come in handy as I am starting university in September.”

    And her English teacher, Gareth Twose, added: Lucie has an amazing talent for writing combined with a fantastic imagination which is a winning formula. I’m so pleased it’s been recognised by being awarded first prize in two prestigious competitions.”

    Meanwhile her poem has also been entered into a ‘Poem To Remember’ competition for the Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre for which the winning entry will be displayed at the centre, which is currently being built, and will be officially opened by the Duke of Cambridge.

    A panel of judges, chaired by historian Dan Snow, will choose five entries to be published on June 3 and put to a public vote.

    The winning entry will then be read out by Prince William at a ceremony later this summer to mark the gift of the Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre to the nation.

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