Lecturer’s short story up for award

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A University of Bedfordshire senior lecturer’s short story has beaten over 1,300 writers to feature in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual.

Toby Norways’ 2000 word story, The Second Coming, is one of 20 pieces shortlisted for the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2014.

The Script Writing lecturer is an award winning writer for both script and prose, he will find out if he is successful in December.

He said: “As a writing lecturer, I firmly believe in the old adage: ‘write about what you know’.

“However, a writer must be prepared to rewrite repeatedly. They must do extensive research into the world they’re writing about.

“I have written a series of stories about street life in south London. I hope that success in the Aesthetica competition will help find a publisher for the collection as a whole.”