Inspirational and talented young Burnley based writer and magazine editor scoops top award

A promising young Burnley based writer has been presented with an award for her drive and dedication.

Lolli Molyneux-Dixon scooped the Creative Award at the 2020 Sub36 Awards which are designed to honour the county’s most influential, innovative and inspiring young men and women in business who are under the age of 36.
Lolli Molyneux-Dixon scooped the Creative Award at the 2020 Sub36 Awards which are designed to honour the county’s most influential, innovative and inspiring young men and women in business who are under the age of 36.

Lolli Molyneux-Dixon scooped the Creative Award at the 2020 Sub36 Awards which are designed to honour the county’s most influential, innovative and inspiring young men and women in business (under the age of 36).

Organised by Lancashire Business View, the ceremony took place via Zoom and saw appearances from a number of special guest speakers as winners across 14 categories were revealed on the night.

Lolli, a creative writer, editor of LOLLIPOP magazine, and copywriter at Root Fifty Two marketing agency in Burnley, impressed the judges who said they had been bowled over by her "dedication and drive' to succeed in all aspects of her work.

Lolli (24) said: “When they announced me as the winner and my name flashed up on the screen, I was over

the moon.

“It was a huge surprise to win this year, as the competition was tough and the other candidates were all really strong, so I’d been very careful not to get my hopes up.

"I think being a finalist in itself is a huge accomplishment, especially with this year being what it is - to be shortlisted for an award such as this is a big win in itself.

“During the judging interview, it was nice to be able to chat about all of the different projects I’m involved with - not just with my work at Root Fifty Two, but also the progress of my Masters at the University of Leeds, the publication of my research, the work I do with my own northern arts magazine, LOLLIPOP, and the efforts involved in setting up and running the local book club in Colne.

“I’m always so busy, and with so many different projects on the go, I very rarely stop to give myself a pat on the back for what I’ve achieved. I often doubt my work and question my decisions a lot of the time, so to have my hard work recognised and celebrated with this award is amazing, and I think it will bring about a big boost of confidence for me.”

A former student at Colne's Park High School where she gained 10 GCSEs, including five A* and three A grades, Lolli studied A' levels in English Language, English Literature, Film Studies, and Creative Writing at Burnley College. She left in 2014 with four As.

Lolli then went on to study for an undergraduate degree in English and Film Studies (BA) at the University of Leeds, and graduated in 2018 with a 2:1.

Lolli said: "I've since returned to study for my Masters by Research on a scholarship, and I'm due to graduate in August next year.

"I've always worked alongside my studies. When I was studying at A-level and as an undergraduate, I consistently kept two or three part-time jobs.

"I now balance my work with Root Fifty Two with my Masters studies, my role as postgraduate communications intern for my school at university, and my role as editor of LOLLIPOP Magazine, which is a magazine I set up myself to showcase the wealth of creative talent we have in the North."

Lancashire Business View is a magazine for commerce, industry and regeneration, committed to connecting businesses in the county since 2005.

Publilsher Richard Slater said: “Sub36 started life as a feature in the magazine and we had so many fantastic stories that it became obvious we needed to honour them properly.

“Since then, Sub36 has grown to become a programme of quarterly networking events and annual awards to celebrate the best of the best, and it’s proven to be very popular.

“Not only do winners get a trophy to display proudly, but they also get access to our bespoke mentoring service provided by our partner, Northern Mentoring Programme, which will support their growth and development.

"They’ll also have access to growth funding from our funding partner, Rosebud, and sales support from sales academy sponsor, Sales Geek.”