Darnick poet receives new writers award

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A writer from Darnick has come one step closer to achieving her dream of having her work published, after being named as the recipient of a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award, in the Poetry category.

Bridget Khursheed, a Community Councillor for Melrose and District, has published extensively in anthologies and magazines, including New Writing Scotland, The Rialto, Northwords Now, Poetry Scotland, The Eildon Tree, Gutter and Southlight, and has read her work widely, from Abbotsford, the home of Walter Scott, to allotments at the Elder Stubbs Festival in Oxford.

Shortlisted in 2013 for the inaugural Dr Gavin Wallace Fellowship, she is also currently CABN Poetry Mentor and the co-ordinator of Writing Fragments, part of the wider Fragments project.

She is the founder editor of poetandgeek.com, the Scottish-Australian online magazine and blog with an international poetry perspective.

Commenting on the award, Bridget said: “I am surprised and delighted to be selected for the awards. It will have a huge impact on my writing time and confidence – it has come at a stage in my writing life when I vitally needed it.”

The judging panel, including Jed author Doug Johnstone, and Scots Makar Liz Lochhead, reviewed over 300 entries before selecting the final 11.