Sale student is joint winner of top literary prize

Sale student is joint winner of top literary prize

Sale student is joint winner of top literary prize

First published in News

SALE student Siyang Wei has been announced as one of the joint winners of a top literary honour - the prestigious Woolf Essay Prize 2014.

The prize is given by Newham College, part of Cambridge University and the scene of a famous lecture by the iconic author Virginia Woolf in 1928.

Dr Sam Lucy, Newnham College’s admission tutor and one of the judges said: “Siyang’s essay was well-grounded in evidence, was clear, well-structured and showed a sharp political sensibility too.”

Siyang, 17, said: “It was liberating to write something that wasn’t driven by a curriculum. My friend won an essay prize before and recommended that I enter one and I am so glad I did! I thought about it a lot before I actually sat down and started writing.”

The teenager won £250 and was presented with a certificate by Dame Carol Black, Newnham’s Principal.

Siyang is pictured with Dr Sam Lucy and Dame Carol Black.

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