Canning Town woman, 64, ‘elated’ to be winner in writing competition

PUBLISHED: 17:00 11 October 2017 | UPDATED: 17:42 11 October 2017

Josephine Phillips has been recognised for her short story, The Death of Old Raffy

Josephine Phillips has been recognised for her short story, The Death of Old Raffy

Josephine Phillips

A Canning Town woman is among a group of 19 winners in a London-wide short story competition to discover hidden talent.

Josephine Phillips was named east London winner in the Newham category of the City of Stories contest for her story, The Death of Old Raffy.

She made the shortlist after 227 entries were whittled down by judges and authors Irenosen Okojie, Courttia Newland and Bidisha SK Mamata - known professionally as Bidisha.

Josephine Phillips, who describes herself as very opinionated, said: “I’m very proud of my achievement and feel elated.”

City of Stories is run by local libraries and writer’s development network, Spread to Word, which champions amateur storytellers.

All the winning entries, plus the highly-commended writers and four stories written by the judges, will be featured in The City of Stories anthology.

It is available to loan from 20 participating library services or can be purchased from

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