This past week we visited Bergvliet High School to meet our Paperight Young Writer’s Anthology 2013 essay winner, Triston Liebenberg!
Triston, who is 16, came first in the essay category for her piece titled “Reflections”, beating hundreds of submissions from all over South Africa. Her piece follows the ebb and flow of human life through a variety of developmental stages, underpinned by her insights about aspects in life that never really change. As Triston writes, “there is one thing about growing up: it’s never too late and it will never stop.”
According to Hedley Twidle, a lecturer in the department of English Language and Literature at UCT who judged the Anthology’s essay category, Triston’s essay is “a fast-moving meditation on ageing and the passing of time, and one that manages to cover a lot of ground in a very short space”. Triston was encouraged by her mom to enter the competition and was very surprised to hear she had won because she had never entered her work into a competition before. After this recent success, she has begun to consider pursuing writing as a career. She hopes to study English after school in order to become a journalist, or, in her own words, “write a book or two of my own.”
Congratulations once more to Triston for her excellent contribution to our anthology. Remember, the Young Writers’ Anthology is available right now at all Paperight outlets! (So why not also follow us on Facebook to follow the excitement and our upcoming Anthology competitions?)
(And if you want to find out more about our first winner, Jenna Solomon, head over a previous post on our blog here.)