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Writers north’s best

Sarah Dunnakey, of Hebden Bridge, one of the Northern Writers' Awards winners, receiving her award from Chris Mullin. Picture: Simon Veit-Wilson

Sarah Dunnakey, of Hebden Bridge, one of the Northern Writers' Awards winners, receiving her award from Chris Mullin. Picture: Simon Veit-Wilson

Nineteen winners of the Northern Writers’ Award 2014 have been announced, sharing a £40,000 prize fund - and two of them are from Hebden Bridge.

Jasmine Simms and Sarah Dunnakey are both from the town.

The awards were announced at a special ceremony at Newscastle-Upon-Tyne - the awards are supported by Northubria University - and a spokesman for the awards said that this year’s winners highlight the breadth of talent coming from across the north of England.

Judge Jean Sprackland, praising up-and-coming young poets, said: “I’m confident these winning poets are in a position to make a real impact on poetry in Britain.

“Awards like this make a powerful difference and it’s a joy to be able to support poets at different stafes in their writing lives.”

This year also saw the first ever Cuckoo Young Writers’ Prize being awarded for those aged between 15 and 18. It is entirely funded by public donations and was won by Jasmine, 18.

This section’s judge, journalist and novelist Elizabeth Day, said: “Jasmine’s a writer of extraordinary power. Her poems are lyrically precise, clear-sighted and truthful. I’m amazed how much talent she has for someone so young.”

 

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