Chloe on the write track with help from festival

Exmouth college student Chloe Hurrell with head teacher Tony Alexander and David Marston and Jennie

Exmouth college student Chloe Hurrell with head teacher Tony Alexander and David Marston and Jennie Milverton of the Budleigh literary festival. Ref exe 8759-25-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

A talented young writer from Exmouth Community College has received a potentially life-changing opportunity.

Chloe Murrell, 17, has been awarded the first-ever writing bursary from the Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival.

It means that Chloe, of West Hill, Budleigh, will take part in a week-long residential course this summer with the internationally-renowned Arvon Foundation at its Totleigh Barton base in North Devon.

Chloe, who studies English language and literature at A level, as well as philosophy and history, said that becoming an author was her ‘life-long dream’, and added: “Reading widely across the genres and styles is something I make an effort to do, and I have come to enjoy literary novels such as Susan Hill’s alongside contemporary ones – a particular favourite being Nick Hornby.”

David Marston of the festival’s education group said Chloe’s ‘outstanding’ application had left the judges ‘deeply impressed’.

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He added: “Chloe’s obvious and sincere passion for reading and writing is something worth nurturing and we hope that this, our inaugural bursary, will help.

“This course should provide a wonderful opportunity for Chloe to develop her writing and we hope it helps sow seeds for a fruitful literary career.”

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The Arvon Foundation is a national arts charity which aims to encourage creative writing.

This year’s Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival will run from September 17 to September 20.

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