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Congratulations to the winner Cody Southern, with our two runners up being Imogen Teare and Edith Clarke. There were also seven Highly Commended stories. All 10 winners received Waterstones book tokens, with their winning stories being displayed in the children’s section of Yeovil Waterstones.
Kate is in the middle with – from left to right – Chip Tolson, Sue Yockney, Kate, Liz Pike, Lucy Ghose Warren and Julie Goodall.
The YCAA is particularly proud to add this item to our website. Kate Kelly was one of our short-listed winners of the 2010 Novel category of the Yeovil Literary Prize. Her book Red Rock was Highly Commended. Out of that success she was represented by publishing agent, Julia Churchill, who nurtured Kate’s novel into the fabulous young-adult book that has just been published. Red Rock is a brilliant read.
Kate invited everyone who appreciates her writing to the launch, so the Yeovil Community Arts Association was represented by Sue Yockney and Liz Pike. The Yeovil Creative Writers who went along were Chip Tolson, Lucy Ghose Warren and Julie Goodall. Chip Tolson actually won the 2013 Yeovil Literary Prize Short Story category, so we were all celebrating the Literary Prize in style.
Kate asked everyone to wear red to her book launch which was to take place in the Old Village School Room in Upwey, on the edge of Weymouth. We now know that Upwey is a quaint, quintessential English village with narrow streets, gorgeous cottages, cars parked randomly and with a road that eventually loops back to the main road. We made that loop three times looking for the hall. We saw lots of people wearing red and carrying books, but we were desperate to see where they all came from. Eventually we found a car park, near the lovely Church and worked out that most little villages like Upwey had their village school near to the Church. Then we heard the buzz of voices, saw masses of people wearing red. Kate was surrounded by happy people - but no books. She had sold out!
Next stop will be the Yeovil Literary Festival where Kate will be reading from Red Rock at the YCAA Past Winners’ event at 11am on Friday 20th September in the Manor Hotel, Yeovil. She follows this with a children’s’ writing workshop on Sunday morning in the Johnson Studio of The Octagon Theatre, and then at 2pm on Sunday you can hear all about how Kate wrote her amazing story Red Rock.
Her success and commitment to writing is to be applauded. Well done Kate!