Wildlife Writing Prize Goes To Derby Graduate

20 July 2011

Carol Donaldson

Carol Donaldson, has been named BBC Wildlife Magazine Travel Writer of the Year 2011.

It was so exciting to receive the email telling me I'd won this time, how much they had enjoyed my work and asking me to write for the magazine on a regular basis 

Carol Donaldson.

A University of Derby graduate has been named BBC Wildlife Magazine Travel Writer of the Year 2011.

Carol Donaldson, 37, from Elm Park, Essex won the award for her article detailing her road trip through the Australian outback; 'A harsh lesson'. As her story unfolds the reader learns about the outback at night, the native animal species she saw and how she came to terms with life and death in this wild area of Australia.

Carol said: "I have entered the BBC Wildlife Magazine competition every year for the last five years for a chance to have my writing judged by an expert panel of travel and wildlife journalists. I came second in 2010 and never thought I would win.

"It was so exciting to receive the email telling me I'd won this time, how much they had enjoyed my work and asking me to write for the magazine on a regular basis. I literally whooped with joy! Now I can't wait to enjoy my prize, a safari for two to Zambia."

Carol graduated from the University of Derby in 1995 with a degree in sociology and experience of writing. When she was a student, Carol had an opportunity to practice her writing skills at the Derby Telegraph on work experience.

You can read Carol's winning article here

Laura Ratcliffe, Alumni Relations Officer at the University of Derby said: "The University likes to keep in touch with its graduates, to find out what they are doing since they left Derby. It was great to hear from Carol and to share her success on winning the writing competition."

Carol now teaches the skills she learnt on her degree course to other budding writers at her own creative writing workshops. She is also a Countryside Officer for Kent County Council and runs her own wildlife tour company; Little Owl Tours.

For further information please Laura Ratcliffe, Alumni Relations Officer, T: 01332 591368, M: 07768 091248 E: l.ratcliffe@derby.ac.uk.

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