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Thurso High School Pupil Wins First Prize In Pushkin Awards

8th May 2009

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Thurso High School pupil Charlotte Gordon (13) has this week received the First Prize at the prestigious Pushkin Prize Award Ceremony, held in Edinburgh last Monday. Charlotte's prize-winning portfolio of writing included an extract from her fourth fantasy novel and a short poem entitled "Singing in the Rain". But her short story, which received the highest praise from all the judges, had a more local flavour - "Morris" is a fictional account of a Caithness Orchestra rehearsal, where a mysterious stranger arrives and no-one knows quite what to expect...

All the winning entries can be read at

The three Pushkin judges this year were poet and playwright Stewart Conn, Rosemary Goring, who is the Literary Editor of The Herald and the novelist Nicola Morgan. Charlotte shared joint First Prize with Gwen Hart of Shawlands Academy. Their winning portfolios were chosen from over 200 entries from 50 schools across Scotland. The ten prize winners are spending this week together on a course at the Moniack Mhor Writers' Centre with writing tutors Catherine MacPhail and Gerry Cambridge.

Charlotte is pictured with her English teacher, Mrs Doake, who also attended the Award Ceremony in Edinburgh.

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