The Walter Scott Prize & Poetry By Heart Competition 2021

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Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction

The English and History Departments are joining forces to launch the Young Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction to budding writers in the UIV (Year 9) upwards. Entrants must write a piece of historical fiction (between 800-2,000 words in length) inspired by any aspect of the past – an actual historical event, place or person. Entries must be set in a time before their author was born and in a time clearly different from the present. The fiction can be in any form – a story or an extract from a longer work, a poem or drama script, a fictional diary, letters or reportage. The deadline is 31st October. The entry forms can be found at: and pupils should contact Mrs Rebekah Lord, Acting Head of English, for further details.

Poetry By Heart Competition 2021

‘The poems we learn when we’re young stay with us for the rest of our lives. They become embedded in our thinking, and when we bring them to mind, or to our lips, they remind us who we are as people, and the things we believe in. They become personal and invaluable, and what’s more they are free gifts – there for the taking. We call it learning by heart, and I think such learning can only make our hearts bigger and stronger.’
Simon Armitage, UK Poet Laureate (2019-2029)

Fourth Form girls will be reciting poetry as they go about their everyday routines over the Half Term break, in readiness for stage one of the school heats of the national poetry competition, Poetry By Heart. In the second part of the Autumn Term, one winner will be selected from each year, videoed, and their entry sent to the competition judging team. The best will be invited to perform their poems in front of top UK poets at the British Library – and the new Poetry By Heart national champions will be crowned. Good luck to all of our Fourth Form girls!

Mrs Rebekah Lord, Acting Head of English