A short story written by a De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) English
literature lecturer has been published by ELLE UK, one of the country’s biggest-selling women’s magazines.
Dr Hila Shachar’s story, Colour Theory, was selected as one of just five runners-up in this year’s ELLE Writing Competition, which is now in its seventh year.
Writers were asked to send in a 500-word piece inspired by the hashtag #RelationshipGoals. Dr Shachar’s piece about her mother
appears on elleuk.com and is mentioned in the January issue of ELLE.
Dr Shachar said: "My story combines theory and creative memoir writing, and is based on my personal experiences of having Synaesthesia, which is like the reverse of colour blindness. I wasn’t expected to be a runner up, and I was pleasantly surprised when I got the news!"
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Judges were Lorraine Candy, ELLE Editor-in-Chief; Kenya Hunt, ELLE acting content editor; Jessie Burton, author of The Miniaturist, Kate Mosse, Novelist and Chair and co-founder of the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction and Anna James, ELLE literary editor.
Prior to joining DMU, Dr Shachar wrote for The Guardian, Desktop magazine and she is still a regular freelance writer for The Australian Ballet.
She is a member of the research group Centre for Adaptations
, whose research focuses on the adaptation of classic literary works and authors in media including film, TV and ballet.
Dr Shachar is currently working on the monograph, Screening the Author: The Literary Biopic, a forthcoming book to be published by Palgrave Macmillan.
Posted on Wednesday 23rd December 2015