Student wins award for book

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A PHD student has been named among the best writers in the country at a national awards ceremony.

Chichester of University student Zoe Gilbert was crowned winner of the Costa Short Story Award last Wednesday, January 28, for her novel Fishskin, Hareskin.

Her story is about a fisherman’s wife who attempts to escape her new life by returning to the past.

Zoe, who is studying a PhD in creative writing, will receive a £3,500 cheque after beating more than 1,500 competitors.

Zoe said: “It is not every day that something like this comes along, and it has come at a time when I hope to step up to the next level in my career, so I will make the most of it.”

The Costa Short Story Award, which is presented at the coffee retailer’s annual ceremony, is aimed at previously unpublished authors in a bid to promote new contemporary British writing.

Zoe is currently working on her first folklore-inspired collection of stories, which includes Fishskin, Hareskin, that will form the basis of her final PhD submission.