Blenheim Palace Literacy Festival - Winners Announced
At this morning’s assembly we welcomed Jill Dunsmore representing the Blenheim Palace Festival of Literature, Film and Music; Mr Jarl Severn Managing Director of Owen Mumford and Mrs Blyth Campbell, local resident who has provided the prize money for the non-fiction writing competition.
Jarl Severn announced the winners of this year’s competition and highlighted the judges praise and comments about each final piece.
The winners are;
1st prize to Caroline Bateman Yr12 for her piece on ‘What does Rural England conjure up in your mind?’
An evocative, stylish and contemplative examination of a village as a symptomatic example in a broad account rural life. Pushes against sentimental romanticisation, while also being tempted by it - but that slight tension, that sincere paradoxical turn, is a real strength here.
2nd prize to Charlie Knight Yr12 for her piece ‘The Plastic Whale’
An urgent, rhetorically sophisticated polemic written both authoritatively - but with a personal passion that is genuinely gripping - and reaches out to the reader in really well-crafted ways
3rd prize to Ben Hawtin Yr7 for his piece ‘The Changes of Wootton’
This essay on the village of Wootton is a treasure-trove of facts and figures, of historical twists and changes, though the highlights are the moments based on his interviews with the writer's grandparents.
Runners up were Sophie Hambridge Year 9 and Nathaneal Guiste Year 7.
Well done to everyone who participated in this year’s competition. Look out for the launch of next year’s non-fiction essay competition which will be launched in the summer of 2018!
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