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Our very own Val has just learned that she’s won second prize in the Isle of Ely Arts Festival Short Story Competition. The brief was to produce a 500-word unpublished story inspired by Shakespeare.

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What tremendous news. Val’s special interest is in writing plays and sketches (we’ve seen them performed, they’re great), but she’s also a knowledgeable fan of Shakespeare and a talented short story writer. Small wonder she did so well.

A hit. A palpable hit!  (With apologies for using a quote from Hamlet, rather than Othello, the play which inspired her entry)