Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 

Winner of Young Writers' Essay Competition announced

Winner of Young Writers' Essay Competition announced

Otago University Press Media Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE THURSDAY 3 MAY 2018

Landfall, New Zealand’s leading journal of arts and literature, is delighted to announce that the winner of the 2018 Charles Brasch Young Writers’ Essay Competition is Aimee-Jane Anderson-O’Connor, whose essay is titled ‘Disappearing Disease’.

Landfall editor and competition judge Emma Neale says this essay ‘combines the concrete, grounding specifics of time, place and context with a broader recognition of pressing global concern’.

In her essay, Anderson-O’Connor notices a cluster of dead bees in her shared student flat; from this she lightly explores mythology and entomology, ‘stirring facts and legend together into a piquant golden melt, honey and salt, always keeping the widening knowledge of bee facts held in a fine net of sharp and particular description’.

Neale says ‘her compelling ability to foxtrot through several tonal changes, yet also inform the reader, show an artistic maturity and agility that it has been energising to see’.

Anderson-O’Connor says ‘it is exciting to receive recognition from Landfall in this competition, which is a great opportunity for young writers.’

Second prize goes to Janna Tay for ‘Bodies in the Land’, and third prize goes to Rata Ingram (entered under the name Rata Quark) for ‘The Rat without a Shadow’.

Neale says entries were down on last year’s inaugural competition, but there were a surprising number of recurring topics.

Named in honour of Dunedin poet and literary figure Charles Brasch, who founded Landfall in 1947, the essay competition is an annual award open to budding New Zealand writers aged 16 to 21. The winner receives a $500 cash prize and a year’s subscription to Landfall.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Howard Davis: Dryzabone - Robert Conolly's The Dry

After the terrible devastation caused by last year’s bushfires, which prompted hundreds of Australians to shelter in the ocean to escape incineration and destroyed uncountable amounts of wildlife, The Dry has been released during a totally different kind of dry spell. More>>


Howard Davis: Benjamin Ree's The Painter and The Thief

The Norwegian filmmaker had long been fascinated by art thieves who commit high-stakes crimes with a delicate touch when a chance Google search in 2015 uncovered a botched heist in Oslo. More>>


Howard Davis: Anna Coddington Beams

Anna Coddington's thin, wispy vocals fit her songs beautifully, providing a wonderful lilting quality that pervades her latest album, producing instant ear worms. More>>


Howard Davis: Hit the Road, Jack - Chloé Zhao's Nomadland

Nomadland is perhaps the ultimately 'road' movie as it follows a group of dispossessed and disenfranchised vagabonds who find a form of communal refuge in camp sites and trailer parks after the economic contraction of 2008. More>>

Howard Davis: Byrneing Down the House - Spike Lee's American Utopia

Lee does an admirable job capturing Byrne's stunning live performance of his latest album, but the real star of the show is the staging. More>>


Howard Davis: The Phoenix Foundation Friend Ship Tour Docks in Wellington

A sense of local pride was certainly running high at the Opera House on Saturday night, as the lads ran through a tasty little set drawn mostly from their latest album Friend Ship (splash out for Xmas on the shocking pink extra-thick vinyl edition). More>>


Howard Davis: Avantdale Bowling Club

Auckland rapper and MC Tom Scott brought his stunning jazz-infused Taite Music Prize-winning project Avantdale Bowling Club to the Opera House headlining Wellington's 2020 Jazz Festival. More>>

Howard Davis: Troy Kingi Rules The San Fran

The award-winning Northland musician performed songs from his new record The Ghost of Freddie Cesar, the fourth installment in his 10/10/10 series - ten albums in ten years in ten genres. More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland