Students scoop prestigious poetry prize

Two University of Aberdeen students were honoured today (Tuesday 9 June) for their literary achievements.

23 year old Nur Aizaan Anwar, a third year medical student at the University and 21 year old Matthew Miller a visiting exchange student from Denison University in Ohio, America, were jointly awarded the Calder Prize.

Founded in 1918 by the Reverend Robert Hogg Calder MA, Minister of Glenlivet, the triennial competition invites students to submit a single poem in English or a recognised dialect of Scots. 

Nur Aizaan's submission By My Mother and Matthew's submission Maiden Tongue saw them jointly scoop the prestigious accolade and each take home a £100 cash prize.

The students were awarded their cheques today by Professor Bryan McGregor, Vice-Principal for Curriculum Reform at the University and Professor David Hewitt from the University's School of Language and Literature, who judged the prize alongside University Librarian Chris Banks.