Cheval Young Writers Award - 2016


Mari Ellis Dunning

Mari Ellis Dunning is a Welsh writer of poetry, short stories, children's books and novels. She enjoys nothing more than curling up with a good cup of coffee and letting her imagination run free. Mari has an MA in creative writing and a debut children's story, Percy the Pompom Bear, due for release in Spring 2016. Her story, Cartref, was inspired by her time as a student in Aberystwyth university, where dolphins can be spotted swimming just off the coast. Family, home and a sense of community play a big part in the story, and are all things which are important to Mari as an individual and as a writer. Her winning entry is a story entitled “Cartref”.



Christina Thatcher

Christina Thatcher is a PhD student and postgraduate tutor at Cardiff University where she studies how creative writing can impact the lives of people bereaved by addiction. Christina keeps busy off campus too by delivering creative writing workshops across South Wales, running projects for organizations like Making Minds and the Welsh Writers Trust, coordinating literature events for the Made in Roath Festival, and more. Her poetry and short stories have featured in a number of publications including The London MagazinePlanet Magazine, and the Lampeter Review and her first collection, More than you were, was recently shortlisted in Bare Fiction's Debut Poetry Collection Competition. To learn more about Christina’s work please visit her blog here or follow her on Twitter @writetoempower. Her winning entry is a poem entitled “Keeping Warm”.

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Rhian Elizabeth

Rhian Elizabeth was born in 1988 in the South Wales Valleys. She writes mostly fiction and her first novel, set in those valleys, was Six Pounds Eight Ounces, published by Seren in April 2014. Her short stories have since appeared in various anthologies, and she is currently working on a new collection of stories and poems all about the bad guys. Her winning entry is a story entitled “The Runners”.

Her winning entry is a story entitled “The Runners”.

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