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Young writer from Islington shortlisted for prestigious BBC award

“It is a beautiful, poetic language,” said Tabitha

28 September, 2018 — By Helen Chapman

Tabitha Rubens


A 16-year-old from Islington has been shortlisted for the BBC Young Writers’ Award, writes Helen Chapman.

Tabitha Rubens wrote Oh Sister, Invisible, which guides the reader through the experience of seeing a sister with anorexia grow unwell with each passing season.

Tabitha said: “I wanted to show it’s OK to talk to friends and family. There is a stigma that exists around the topic. The more talk there is about it the more hope there is for change.”

Tabitha found out this month she had made it through to the shortlist among four other young writers.

She said: “It feels incredible to be selected. I was apprehensive to submit my story so to actually be shortlisted is amazing.”

She is currently studying her A-levels and hopes to go to university to study Chinese.

“It is a beautiful, poetic language,” said Tabitha, “I’d like to learn more about the global superpower.

She added: “I have always written in my spare time and I think it’s something I’ll always do.”

Tabitha, along with the four other shortlisted writers, will attend the BBC National Short Story Award ceremony on October 2 at Cambridge University, when the winner will be announced live on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row.


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