Following an interactive First World War event at Knebworth House 15-17 September 2014, Year 9 students across Stevenage were invited to submit a short piece of writing in response to their experience. The competition was judged by representatives from Stevenage Educational Trust, Stevenage Museum and Knebworth House, who were looking for an accurate and authentic portrayal of life during the war, as well as a high standard of writing. The students could choose to write a diary, a series of letters home, a recount or a poem and write from the viewpoint of one of the characters they met at the event (a soldier, nurse or chaplain).
Congratulations to the four winners:
William Clarke, Barclay School (Poem ‘Breath by breath’)
Erin Oliver, Nobel School (Recount ‘The Last Light’)
Simran Mia Joshi, Nobel School (Diary)
Serena Bateman, Nobel School (Letters Home)
Each prize winner will receive a voucher for £50 which was kindly donated by Stevenage Educational Trust.
Knebworth House, as one of the country’s leading literary houses, would like to commend all those students who entered the competition, which was organised as part of Stevenage Educational Trust’s Festival of Writing’ 2014. The WWI event and writing competition were made possible with thanks to HLF’s ‘The First World War: Then and Now’ and The National Army Museum’s ‘Building for the Future’ project.