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Romford teenager wins University of East London writing competition

PUBLISHED: 16:14 19 May 2017 | UPDATED: 16:17 19 May 2017

Rebecca Hawkins has won a writing award. Picture: UEL

Rebecca Hawkins has won a writing award. Picture: UEL

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A talented teenage writer from Romford has scooped a literary prize from the University of East London’s (UEL).

Tessa McWatt, UEL creative writing professor, Rebecca Hawkins and Salena Godden. Picture: UEL Tessa McWatt, UEL creative writing professor, Rebecca Hawkins and Salena Godden. Picture: UEL

Rebecca Hawkins, 17, won the inaugural CityLife Prize for Fiction by Young Writers for her short story about a life-and-death encounter between a homeless man and a businessperson on a chilly London evening.

Rebecca, a student at Brentwood School in Essex, was awarded the prize for ‘London Calling’ during UEL’s Write Now showcase, an annual event which highlights the university’s best creative writing talent.

She said: “It’s such a great honour to win. To be able to stand up here with all the other writers who have read their work – it’s really an incredible experience.”

Salena Godden, a poet, writer and performer and the head judge, said: “It was a story with a lot of empathy, a lot of joy and a lot of humanity.”

Rebecca’s winning story can be read at citylifestories.co.uk.

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