Young Coast award-winning writer Dakota Brown has a big future in creative writing.
Young Coast award-winning writer Dakota Brown has a big future in creative writing.

Devastating Coast fires fuel young writer

A young Coast writer has used the emotional heartache her family endured during the Peregian fires to pen an award-winning story.

It took just two hours for Dakota Brown, 20, to complete her 900-word piece titled Lungs on Fire which was runner up in the 2020 RD Walshe Writing for the Environment Awards.

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The Noosa-based university student said last year’s Peregian fires had a deep impact on her and her family – especially her firefighting father.

“When the fires happened, you could see he was worried for our house,” she said.

“When you see your parents get scared, you get scared.

“It was hell.”

Young Coast award-winning writer Dakota Brown has a big future in creative writing.
Young Coast award-winning writer Dakota Brown has a big future in creative writing.

The creative writing student claimed her dad was “not a man of many words,” but she knew he was impressed with her story inspired by the devastating fires he helped to put out.

“He definitely liked it,” she said.

“He keeps bringing it up, he does that when he is fond of something or impacted by it.”

In her final year at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Ms Brown was still unclear of the next chapter in her journey after graduation.

“I’d not sure, I’d love to end up in a writing career,” she said.

“At the end of the day I still like holding a book in my hand.

“Not a magazine or a (news)paper but a book.”