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The Dan Hemingway prize 2000/2001

* EMBARGOED – 1730 HOURS – THURSDAY 22 FEBRUARY 2001*

The Dan Hemingway Prize for 2000/2001 will be presented by Dr John and Mrs Sue Hemingway on Thursday 22 February at 5.30pm at a reception hosted by the Deputy Principal of the University of St Andrews, Professor Colin Vincent, in the School of English, Kennedy Hall Room 1.

Now in its ninth year, the prize (£300 for the best, original short story submitted by an undergraduate student at the University) is presented by Dr and Mrs Hemingway who initiated the prize in 1992 in memory of their son, Dan, a former undergraduate at St Andrews who was killed in a cycling accident.

In the particulars for the prize, the family state “Dan Hemingway (2.6.72-25.12.91) spent only one term as an undergraduate at St Andrews but he enjoyed it to the full both academically and socially. Whilst cycling to his home near Oxford shortly after midnight on Christmas Eve 1991, he was killed instantly when hit from behind by a motorist. His interests and talents were eclectic, and his powers of human observation and insight quite remarkable. He listened to Bob Dylan, played Beethoven and blues on the piano, and read Wodehouse avidly. His passion was literature, of all styles and periods, and he first started to write short stories and novels at the age of sixteen. Whether or not his final output would have fulfilled his early potential we will now never know. The annual prize at St Andrews has been established in Dan’s memory by his family and friends. It is intended as one small encouragement to other young writers who have the promise and ambition to make a lasting contribution.”

The prize was judged this year by John Burnside, Professor Douglas Dunn, Professor Robert Crawford and Professor Susan Sellers of the School of English, and by Mrs Sue Hemingway.

This year’s winner (whose name will not be publicly disclosed until the presentation of the prize) is Martin Zeller, a third- year student studying Joint Honours English and Mediaeval History, for his entry ‘Doris Lumsden’s Heart-Shaped Bed’. There were 24 entrants this year from all Faculties of the University.

ENDS

Issued by Beattie Media on behalf of the University of St Andrews For more information please contact Claire Grainger on 01334 462530, 07730 415 015 or email cg24@st-andrews.ac.uk Ref: danhemingway.2001/standrews/chg/22f eb2001

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