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‘Imagine’ brings out best in migrant writers

Making the most of the space, resources and services at Palmerston campus library Making the most of the space, resources and services at Palmerston campus library

A Palmerston student’s emotional story about being granted an Australian visa has won a short story writing competition during National Library and Information Week recently.

Palmerston campus library supervisor Tita Allom said students from the Adult Migrant English Program were invited to submit stories with the theme “imagine”.

“First prize was awarded to Jennifer Valenciano for her story ‘Something I never would have imagined’, which tells about the changes in her life since migrating from the Philippines,” Ms Allom said.

“Jennifer wrote of her tears of joy upon being granted a visa and her delight about the doors of opportunity that have opened for her in Australia.”

Ms Allom said the judges chose Jennifer’s work because she had demonstrated good use of vocabulary and grammar and shared emotion in her story, which made it interesting to read.

Ms Allom said Palmerston based AMEP Coordinator Pia Armitage helped her organise the competition with several outcomes in mind.

“It was an activity designed to introduce students to library resources, promote the use of library facilities and most importantly to develop and encourage reading, writing and bring literature to CDU’s adult migrant students.

“There was a lot of goodwill among students and staff at the campus, and students were able to make the most of the library space, and the resources and services available.”

Ms Allom said a small cash prize was awarded to Ms Valenciano and to the minor placegetters Surakanya Pracha and Khim Thaing.

She thanked colleagues Aretha Amos, Kathryn White and Kylie McMArtin who did the judging.