Meg Phipps wins the Dan Hemingway Memorial Award at Cherwell School, Oxford, after spending almost a year writing Time’s Fool - the novel.

Miss Phipps was up against 16 other entries including paintings, music and even a dress. Her winning novel is set in a fictional village – excluded from the outside world – where people speak multiple languages. One day, time stops, and the book’s heroine, a nine-year-old girl, recounts the reactions of the village’s many characters.

The 17-year-old from Chipping Norton said: “It was quite amazing to win and it’s great to know people read it and liked it. It was really fun to write. I wanted to write magical realism and make anything happen. It’s nice to think people at school are still doing something in Dan’s memory and I’m honoured to have won.”

Sue Hemingway - “It was a remarkable, mature piece of writing by someone that age. All three of us were bowled over by it. It’s wonderfully written and must be read.” The other judges of course being Graeme Garden and Miles Water.

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