Two Lucy Cavendish writers shortlisted for Louis de Bernières Prize

19 December 2017

Two Lucy Cavendish students on the MSt Creative Writing course at the Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) Charlotte Cornell and Tilda Bowden, reached the shortlist of the 2017 Louis de Bernières Prize for short fiction. The winner was Meher Daultana from Wolfson College.

Best known for his remarkable 1994 novel, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Louis de Bernières has been an important figure in the literary landscape for a quarter of a century. This is the third year that Louis de Bernières has run the prize, which has a value of £250, to be taken in books or as a fee reduction at ICE.

In third place is Sorry, I Actually Never Actually Got There by Tilda Bowden.

De Bernières commented:

"The quality of the writing was very good indeed… and the conceit of the whole thing was clever and appealing."

Of the second prize, One For Sorrow by Charlotte Cornell, he said:

"I enjoyed the snippets of Welsh and the banal nurse, and at the end was the magpie pay-off, which was a bit of a stunner that really made me think."

The winner is ELCEE by Meher Daultana.

De Bernières said:

"I liked the way that both the narrative and the characterisation are developed through the very differing voices of the multiple narrators until one gets the startling revelation at the end.  It was like a miniature novel and I could easily imagine it becoming one."

Lucy Cavendish College has a long history of supporting and celebrating creative writers. Its annual Fiction Prize is open to the public and it provides a unique opportunity for unpublished female authors aged 21 and over to launch their literary careers. The College will run its first residential Creative Writing course (which is open to the public) in September 2018.

Applications for September 2018 entry onto the MSt Creative Writing course are open until 31 January 2018. Find out more here.

Photo (from left): Charlotte Cornell, Louis de Bernieres, Meher Daultana, Tilda Bowden.

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About Lucy Cavendish

Lucy Cavendish is the only women's college in Europe exclusively for students aged 21 or over, and a unique part of the University of Cambridge. Its undergraduate and postgraduate students come from over sixty countries, and a wide variety of educational and professional backgrounds. Many have changed careers or overcome significant challenges in order to reach University. The College is particularly strong in Medicine, Law, Veterinary Medicine, Psychology, the Social Sciences and English.

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