Winners of the Bede’s Writers’ Competition Announced

On World Book Day, we are delighted to introduce some budding young authors and names to look out for in the future: the winners of the Bede's Writers' Competition 2020.

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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.

About Bede's

Bede's is a coeducational independent school for 13-19 year olds.

The School is set in 140 beautiful acres of the Sussex Downs and is situated in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Special Scientific Interest.

Our current student roll is 750, with over 300 of our students boarding at one of our 5 stunning boarding houses which were recognised by the Institute of Chartered Surveyors in 2013 for their Outstanding Design and Innovation.

Bede's is a place where every pupil is truly treated as an individual and where we enrich young people in a holistic way - not only for success in the material sense but in ways which enable them to flourish meaningfully, as rounded human beings.

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