• Creative Writing Award: Winner's Interview

    4 days ago - By Aesthetica

    Hazel Allan is the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2020 Fiction Winner. We caught up with her to discuss the winning work, Daft Cow .
    A: When did you begin writing Daft Cow? Where did you get the idea for the piece?
    HA: As the title states , Daft Cow is based on a true story. The idea to develop it as a work of fiction came to me during Christmas 2019. I wanted to highlight that for many people, Christmas can amplify feelings of grief, loneliness and regret. My hope was to incorporate this message with something profound about the nature of female solidarity and the capacity for humans...
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  • Creative Writing Award: Winner's Interview

    4 days ago - By Aesthetica

    Tamsin Hopkins is the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2020 Poetry Winner. We caught up with her to discuss the winning work, if you're being followed .
    A: When did you begin writing if you're being followed, and where did you get the idea? How many times did you draft the piece before submitting; how did it change in the process?
    TH: I began writing if you're being followed about two months before entering the Aesthetica competition. I was working with ideas of intertextuality at the time. This poem arose out of the conflux of three things - the recent death of my mother , being in...
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