Masset writer wins

  • Sep. 30, 2011 3:00 p.m.

Observer columnist Margo Hearne has won third place in the annual Literary Writes competition offered by the Federation of BC Writers. Her story Angels Appearing is loosely based on time spent in London, England, working in offices and sharing living quarters with eight other women her age. “The title came about because often we found ourselves in situations like being lost in the fog or accosted in Hyde Park, which was just across the road, and always being rescued by either a friend or stranger who happened along at the right time,” she said. “I don’t see angels as being somewhere out there, but people who point the way when we’re lost, show where the nearest restaurant is, help out when we’re stressed from travelling or overwhelmed by our day-to-day lives, or even someone who smiles and thanks us when we least expect it.” She wrote the story several years ago and then set it aside for a while. When Ms Hearne saw the contest, she sent it in. Ms Hearne has won $100 for her entry, which will appear in the next issue of Wordworks, the Federation of BC Writers quarterly magazine. Winners were invited to attend Word on the Street at the end of September in Vancouver to read extracts from their stories in front of a live audience. Ms Hearne said she was intending to go. “It will be fun to meet other writers and hang out with poets,” she said.

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