St Augustine College student scoops up writing award
ST Augustine's College student Brianne Gatehouse might be entitled to a bonus mark for her term three English assignment.
The 15-year-old and her classmates were asked to pen a story based on an illustration from a graphic novel called 'The Arrival' by Shaun Tan.
The task inspired Miss Gatehouse to write 'The Lyrics of War' - a short story about two brothers and their plight in the battlefields of war.
The Year 10 student put forward her assignment, for which she was given an A-minus grade, as a submission in the Bic Young Australian Writer of the Year Award.
The awards are an initiative of the Children's Charity Network (CCN); an organisation that helps build confidence and self-esteem in children.
After she was named a finalist, Miss Gatehouse travelled to Melbourne for the recent award presentation, where she was crowned winner.
"It was a shock to win," the young writer said. "When they called for submissions for the contest, my assignment was already written, so I thought, why not?"
Miss Gatehouse described her story as a "metaphorical symbol that nothing has really changed on the war front".
"We're more developed and advanced in our ways of killing each other, but it's still the same," she said.
"The story grew out of an interest I have surrounding people's perceptions on war."
As Miss Gatehouse heads into her final two years of high school, the said she was thinking about utilizing her writing talent to pursue a career in screenwriting and directing.