Tim Bano and Kate Wyver win 2018 Allen Wright awards for Edinburgh Fringe journalists

Tim Bano has become joint lead critic Tim Bano is The Stage's joint lead critic
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The Stage’s joint lead critic Tim Bano has won the features prize at this year’s Allen Wright Awards at the Edinburgh Fringe.

The award recognises the best writing by arts journalists under the age of 30, one for a review and the other for a feature.

Bano won the features prize for a piece about fringe shows addressing the NHS’s 70th birthday, published in the Independent, and two features for Fest Magazine in which he explored what it means to be an American artist in the age of Trump, and seasoned fringe performers taking on children’s shows for the first time.

He has also been reviewing for The Stage’s Edinburgh team and has presented The Stage’s weekly fringe podcast.

The reviews category was won by Kate Wyver for pieces on Everything Not Saved at Summerhall and Daughter at Canada Hub @ King’s Hall, both for the Guardian. She also writes for Fest.

Both Wyver and Bano win £600.

This year the award – run by the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society – established a new prize for young writers aged 16 to 21.

It was won by Flora Gosling for her review of De Fuut, published in the Wee Review. She will receive mentoring from arts writers at the Scotsman and paid work as part of the paper’s review team at the 2019 fringe.