Tribute to former student

Wednesday 24 March 2004

The 12th Dan Hemingway Prize was presented last night (Tuesday 23 March 2004) at a reception hosted by the University of St Andrews.

The prize was presented by Dr John and Mrs Sue 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. The £300 prize is awarded annually for the best, original short story submitted by an undergraduate student at the University.

This year’s winner is Holly Culbreath, a second-year student of English, originally from Ohio, for her entry ‘Darkness Visible’. There were 33 entrants this year from all Faculties of the University. To celebrate the first decade of the prize, the Hemingway family hope to publish a collection of the winning entries later this year.

This year, the prize was judged by John Burnside, Kathleen Jamie and Professor Douglas Dunn, all of the School of English, and by Mrs Sue Hemingway.

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.’


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