5th March 2020 — This year’s competition centred on the theme of ‘beauty’. The judges, Mr Oliver, Head of English at Bede’s, and Miss Evans, Librarian at Bede’s, comment on this year’s entries: “It was wonderful to see such a broad range of truly imaginative and accomplished work. As we hoped, pupils from all year groups interpreted this stimulus in unexpected and daring ways, so it was no mean feat for us to whittle down a shortlist of writers from over fifty well-crafted submissions.”
After much discussion, the judges awarded Jack White, Will Quibell and Milly Gibson in the junior category, while Sam Bickersteth, Maddy Goodman and Eliane Boyer were honoured in the senior category. Milly and Eliane were announced overall winners.
Mr Oliver says of the winning entries, “Milly impressed us with her mature and ambitious deconstruction of the myth of beauty, while Eliane’s imaginative daring, thoughtful characterisation and use of language also made her a deserving winner.”
Many of this year’s Writers’ Competition entries will be collated for the annual publication of ‘Small Island’, Bede’s creative writing and art journal, which will be published later this year.