Witty prose gives young author an edge

By Liz Wylie

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Young writer Rose Brandl will have her work published in a national anthology.
Young writer Rose Brandl will have her work published in a national anthology.

Aspiring writer Rose Brandl is to have her work included in an anthology due for publication early next year.

She is one of 74 teenage writers from around New Zealand to have work published in the next edition of Re-Draft.

The 17-year-old Ruapehu College student plans to attend Massey University to begin a bachelor in creative writing in 2017.

"It is a real confidence boost," says Rose.

"To know that I will be starting my degree with a published story under my belt."

Rose's Ruapehu College teachers say they are not surprised that her work was chosen for the book.

"She has always shown a strong talent for writing," says English teacher Johnny Green.

Mr Green encouraged Rose to submit her work for publication in Re-Draft and says he is pleased but not surprised that her work has been chosen.

Merrilyn George, who taught Rose textile and soft materials art at Ruapehu College says her student always showed strong creative ability.

"She has won awards for quilting and entered the annual Snow Queen contest.

"Rose is quite left-field - she has the ability to surprise you with her ideas and she's very competent as well," says Mrs George.

The Re-Draft writing competition is run by the Christchurch-based School for Young Writers Te Kura Kaituhi Rangatahi.

The school's founding director Glyn Strange said all the work submitted was judged by writers James Norcliffe and Tessa Duder this year.

"The competition is open to young writers aged from 13 to 19 and the judges don't know whether the writer is a year 8 student or a school leaver when they read the work," said Mr Strange.

"Rose's work stood out because it was light-hearted and humorous where a lot of young writers like to explore the dark side of things."

There is no cash prize for the competition and Mr Strange said the publication is paid for by public library and school purchases.

"Ruapehu College has always purchased a copy each year so it is good that we will be including a work by one of their students in the next edition," he said.

Rose said she may go on to study for a masters degree in creative writing if her first years go well at university.

- Wanganui Chronicle

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