Lorelei Goulding has won the £1,500 prize for her first-ever writing competition entry
Lorelei's winning piece of life-writing, Birdie, is her first competition entry and first piece of published work. It was described by Sathnam Sangheera, one of the judges, as: 'Beautiful, spare, poetic writing... it's hard to believe this writer is just starting out.' Judge Kerry Hudson added: 'Such accomplished writing and surely the beginning of an exciting career.'
As well as the £1,500 cash prize, Lorelei wins an Arvon creative writing course, mentoring, development meetings with an agent and editor and two years' membership of the Royal Society of Literature.
Lorelei comes from New York and lives in Somerset with her family. She is completing an MSc in Public Health at UWE Bristol, and has a particular interest in adverse childhood experiences and how they impact on health later in life. 'As a writer I have always been a bit skittish – privately scribbling away for years in dribs and drabs, and too nervous to show my work to anyone – so winning the prize has been incredibly validating for me,' said Lorelei.
For more information and to read Birdie in the Life Writing Prize 2020 Anthology, see the website.