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True stories: third time lucky for two-time finalist
07 Dec 2011

THE winners in our True Stories competition were announced last night, with Darryl Earl David receiving the main prize of R10 000.

“I was very nervous as I had been a finalist twice,” he said. “I told my daughter Kiara that if I win the prize ‘you are going to get a big present!’”

David, an Afrikaans lecturer who has been a finalist and a semi-finalist before in the competition, claimed the winner’s title in the Open category for his story titled Bliksem and Biltong le Grange, about his encounter with a traumatised police dog on a road trip across the country.

Runner-up was previous winner Tod Collins, who won R3 000 for his story The Tragedy of Brooke’s Store. In the snapshot category Denise Gilden won R3 000 for her moving story The Dream, where she described dreaming about her son’s death. In the School’s category Ruby Gill of The Wykeham Collegiate claimed the R3 000 prize for her rueful recollection of her first big concert in Showing Up.

The remaining finalists each received a ceramic figurine created by Zulu-lulu ceramic studio. — Witness Reporter.

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