Bede’s Writers’ competition: winners announced

April 5, 2017

Bede’s School in Upper Dicker has announced the shortlisted writers and winners of the Bede’s Writers’ Competition for 2017.

Mr Matthew Oliver, Head of English at Bede’s School said ‘We briefed that students that the work could be in any form– prose short story, poetry, play script or song lyrics– and could be about anything loosely connected with the phrase ‘the view from here’.  

‘All the judges, and the English department, wish to commend all the writers for their truly superb writing.  Every entrant showed huge potential and we will certainly be hearing about them, or reading them in print, very soon.’

In the senior category, Upper fifth student Grace Stannard won first prize for her compelling account of a Tourette’s sufferer overcoming childhood trauma, whilst in the junior category Ellie Bostock-Smith scooped the honours with her vividly imagined genre piece, ‘Rebecca Skylark’.  

Judge Mr Robert Scamardella said of Grace’s piece ‘“It was incredibly mature, and so well-observed.  There was a sense that Grace had really put herself in the position of this suffering protagonist”.

Fellow judge Mrs Elaine Fraser-Gausden said of the winning junior entry from Ellie “the language is used with such deftness and care, but real thought had been into structure too”.  

All shortlisted writers will also feature in the Bede’s Writers’ Anthology which is due for publication in June this year.