A TEACHER at the prestigious Ellesmere College has been shortlisted for the final of a prestigious international essay writing competition.

Christina Westwood, head of modern languages, is one of just five finalists in the Asia Literary Review competition, open to candidates of any nationality and from any country.

The competition concentrates on a selection of three short stories by Korean writer Kim Ae-ran, published by the Asia Literary Review, and required candidates to write a critique of no more than 1,500 words.

Christina said: “I am delighted to have been chosen as one of the five shortlisted finalists.

“It came as a shock to me as it is the first time I have entered but it is a wonderful shock.

“Kim has already been recognised through a number of awards for her work and is considered the rising star of the Korean literary scene.

“The competition called for ideas on three works: The Youngest Parents with the Oldest Child, A Dignified Existence and Where Would You Like To Go, focussing on techniques and elements of style, what message the author is trying to pass on about the lives of young people in Korean society and whether her writing is effective.

“The winner of the competition will attend a private dinner with Kim Ae-ran, who will be in London.”

Headmaster Brendan Wignall said he was proud of Christina’s achievements.