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Perse student’s work shortlisted in national writing competition

24 Apr 2014

Charlotte Petter in the Upper Sixth has had her work put under the spotlight in a prestigious national writing competition organised by Lancaster University.

Charlotte submitted a piece exploring the representation of female repression through marriage and motherhood in Ibsen’s A Doll’s House and Plath’s selected poetry, which is now on the final shortlist of 5 in the criticism category in the Lancaster Writing Awards.

The awards were launched in 2012 by Lancaster University’s Department of English and Creative Writing to recognise emerging writing talent, and are open to all Year 12 and 13 students across the UK. This year saw over 250 entries to the competition.

There are three categories covered by the awards: literary criticism, prose fiction and poetry. The competition is judged by eminent members of the Department’s teaching staff including Professor Terry Eagleton for the criticism prize, Dr Jenn Ashworth (author of A Kind of Intimacy, Cold Light and The Friday Gospels) for the fiction prize and the Whitbread Prize-winning poet Professor Paul Farley for the poetry prize.

As Charlotte is now one of the five students shortlisted in her category, she will be invited to Lancaster University’s Sixth Form Conference in July, when the winners will be announced and prizes awarded.

“We have been really impressed with the quality of the work received this year,” said Head of Department Professor John Schad. “We are very grateful to everyone who took the time to enter and all the teachers who encouraged their students to take part. We very much look forward to launching the 2015 Awards at the beginning of the next academic year.”

Teacher of English and Director of Learning at The Perse School, Deborah Vernon Purvis says: “We are delighted that Charlotte’s thoughtful and original essay has met with such success.”

Congratulations, Charlotte!

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