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18 December 2012

CBC writing student wins prestigious prize

Kate Hamer
by Rufus Purdy

Though, at the moment, it may seem to listeners that radio stations are doing little more than playing Fairytale of New York and Merry Christmas Everybody on endless repeat, there is still the occasional programme that merits a relisten. BBC Radio 4 recently broadcast One Summer, a short story by Kate Hamer – one of our students on the Curtis Brown Creative Novel-Writing Course – and you can hear it here until 23 December.

Kate’s story – about a young girl called Scarlet who, while her mother is in hospital following an accident, embarks on an otherwise forbidden friendship with a boy – was this year’s winner of the Rhys Davies Short Story Competition, the prestigious prize for Welsh fiction. ‘Winning a prize like The Rhys Davies Short Story Competition is an incredible thing to happen to any writer, but for me – working on my first novel – it’s also a massive boost of confidence,’ says Kate. ‘To have such organisations as Literature Wales and The Rhys Davies Trust who really value and nurture writing here is wonderful. Wales feels like a great place to be a writer at the moment.’

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