The Wee Review writer Flora Gosling has today won the inaugural Fringe Young Writers’ Award.
The Award is given for the best review of a 2018 Fringe show by someone in the 16-21 age category. Flora won it for her review of De Fuut, a Summerhall theatre piece of which she concluded “[the] incoherent realisation of its themes leaves a mess of obscene ideas.”
In recognition of the award she will receive mentoring from arts writers at The Scotsman and paid work as part of the paper’s review team at the 2019 Fringe.
Another Wee Review writer Ariane Branigan received a commendation in the same category for her reviewing while Dominic Corr was shortlisted in the parallel Allen Wright Award for writers under 30.
Winners for both awards were selected by a judging panel that included Thom Dibdin (Scotland Correspondent for The Stage), Phil Miller (Arts Correspondent for the Herald), Arusa Qureshi (Editor of The List), and Oliver Davies (Head of Marketing, PR and Sponsorship, Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society).
Flora said of her award, “I am delighted to have won this award, and extremely grateful to the Fringe Society for their dedication to encouraging young thespians and writers.”
The Wee Review’s editor, Robert Peacock said, “I’m delighted Flora agreed to come and write for us this Fringe. It was clear from the reviews she was writing on her personal blog that she had real insight and flair. At The Wee Review we’re glad to give a platform for brilliant writers whatever age they are. Flora thoroughly deserves to be recognised for her skills, as do our other nominated writers, Ariane and Dom.”