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Rotary in Dundee
Rotary Club of Abertay meet Monday at 6pm Woodlands Hotel Broughty Ferry Dundee DD5 2QL abertay.rotary1010.org
Rotary Club of Discovery meet Friday at 7:30am DUSA University Campus Perth Road discovery.rotary1010.org
Rotary Club of Dundee meet Thursday at 12:45pm Invercarse Hotel Perth Road DD2 1PG dundee.rotary1010.org
Rotary Club of Monifieth meet Wednesday at 6pm The Grange Golf Club Tay Street Monifieth monifieth.rotary1010.org
Rotary Club of Claverhouse meet Tuesday at 6pm Queens Hotel Nethergate Dundee claverhouse.rotary1010.org
RIBI Young Writer
Dundee Pupil Wins National Writers Award – Afghan Girl Mia Kellner, a 15 year old pupil at Grove Academy, Dundee has won the prestigious National Young Writer Award, promoted by Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland and sponsored by the five Rotary Clubs across Dundee and Monifieth. The Competition was open to all schools and college communities throughout the UK and Ireland. Mia’s article ‘The Eyes of War’ was judged as the winning entry out of approximately 5,000 submissions at Senior Level for students aged 14 -17. The entrants were challenged to produce a written or typed story in prose entitled, ‘Reflection’. The submitted entry could be fiction or non-fiction, a story or a poem, related to the theme. ‘The Eyes of War’ was recognised locally as a fine piece of literary work by Competition Judges Andy Jackson, Author, Poet and Librarian, Dundee University and Bill Herbert, Professor of Creative Writing and Poetry, Newcastle University and progressed through local and district heats to the National Final. Andy said: ‘Mia’s piece was inspired by Steve McCurry’s photograph ‘Afghan Girl’ which appeared on the cover of National Geographic magazine in 1984. Her short story recounts the journey to the place where the photo was taken, beautifully placing the photographer among a tormented people who have lived with cycles of invasion and civil war for centuries. Using the language of colours and rich imagery Mia vividly brings to life the human story behind a striking photograph, and creates a startling and poignant piece of journalistic writing addressing the horrors of childhood lived in a warzone, and the triumph of hope’. A National Judge remarked, ‘A brilliant and powerful story of a young Afghan Girl’. Mia commented, ‘What provoked me to write ‘The Eyes of War’ was the look in the eyes of the ‘Afghan Girl’. Her stare epitomized the indifference that is omnipresent in every war and the people who bear its brutal consequences. But in my writing, I wanted to portray the humanity and hope that can be found in these war-torn countries and how these emotions manifested themselves in the eyes of this one young girl. This one young girl and her impassioned gaze have now come to represent not only her nation, but the entirety of the world’s refugees, of the people who suffer most. The past story of the ‘Afghan Girl’ and the hope she represents is now extremely relevant in our present times and essential in sustaining our future humanity. I wanted to explore the themes that are intrinsic to war: hope and the passiveness found in human nature and all forms of suffering’. ‘I am immensely satisfied with the outcome of the competition. I am currently working on a few short stories and I hope to continue with my writing in the future’. In the Intermediate Section of the Competition for 11-13 year old students, Phoenix Gibb from Braeview Academy also progressed through to the National Final and was awarded a Finalist Certificate. Said the Joint Presidents of ‘Rotary in Dundee’ ‘Mia is a truly talented writer with a flair for evoking emotion and inspiration in her writing. National recognition in this competition firmly puts Dundee on the map in terms of creative writing skills. Hopefully, Mia’s success will inspire more schools to take part in the 2018 Young Writer Competition at all three age levels of 7 to 10 years, 11 to 13 years and 14 to 17 years.  Rotary in Dundee will be working with Dundee Schools over the coming year to identify more budding writers’ ‘Rotary in Dundee’ incorporates Abertay, Claverhouse, Dundee, Dundee Discovery, and Monifieth Rotary Clubs. Throughout the year, they run a series of Youth Competitions and initiatives, entered by Dundee and District schools, to recognise and promote talent in our young students. Mia will receive her award at a Ceremony - to be announced. You can read Mia’s award-winning entry here