National recognition for Oakham School’s Nathan

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AN OAKHAM School pupil has won a national competition with a story he says he is not particularly pleased with.

Year 13 pupil Nathan Ellis, 17, from Oakham impressed the judges of the Graham Green Birthplace Trust creative writing competition for 2011 with his piece of prose.

His story titled “Silver and Exact” won the category for writers who are aged under 21.

He said: “My story, like many of the writers who I particularly like, is about not very much.

“It is an interior monologue, where the conceit is that a doctor has asked a mental patient to explore their ideas on paper.

“I’m not sure I am entirely pleased with it, but it is nice to be read and enjoyed.”

Nathan previously won the Guardian Young Arts Critic Award for a review he wrote of a television programme.

He is studying English, Latin and Biology at A-level.

He added: “It’s very nice to know that someone is taking pleasure in my writing.”