Young writers on shortlist for big crime award

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FIVE young crime writers from Portsmouth are set to find out if they have reached the finals of a national competition.

The group was shortlisted in the National Young Crime Writers’ Competition 2011, along with 10 others from across the south.

They will be honoured at an awards ceremony at Portsmouth Central Library on April 30, where they will receive certificates from best-selling Hayling Island crime author Pauline Rowson.

The writers, aged between 11 and 17, will also learn which one of them is to go forward to the finals during National Crime Writing Week, held from June 13 to 19.

Pauline said: ‘This has been a remarkably difficult competition to judge because the entries were so varied, imaginative and of a very high standard.

‘I’m grateful to the libraries for helping to organise this event and look forward to meeting the shortlisted entrants.’

The awards ceremony takes place at Portsmouth Central Library at 10.45am.

Tickets are free and anyone wishing to attend should contact Portsmouth Central Library on (023) 9281 9311.