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Local Life - Wigan - May 2018

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8 Literary Star A Winstanley student soars to literary success with two national prizes. Lucie Stanfield, 17, had been awarded first prize in two national creative writing competitions. Lucie, who is studying English Literature, Creative Writing and History at Winstanley College, was picked as the overall winner in the youth category from hundreds of entries for The Army’s poetry competition. Her poem, ‘Truce’, entwines two different perspectives of Dunkirk, one from real soldiers and the other from young boys playing soldiers. On Tuesday, April 24, Lucie will attend the awards ceremony at London’s National Army Museum where she will also read the poem. The writer also won Chester University’s Flash Fiction competition, with a short story being no more than 360 words. Her story ‘The Mermaid’s Purse’ was partly inspired by her own childhood memories and love of the beach but has a deliberately shocking ending. Gareth Twose, Lucie’s English teacher, is understandably extremely proud commenting: “Lucie has an amazing talent for writing, combined with a fantastic imagination which is a winning formula.” Lucie added: “When I found out I had won two competitions I was surprised but very happy. “I’m especially looking forward to going to the awards ceremony in London next month.”

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