Bevis Hillier Writing Competition 2017

Renowned English art historian, author, journalist and Old Reigatian, Bevis Hillier has once again very kindly judged the shortlisted entries for the Creative Writing competition. It was open to Fifth Form students and produced some exciting pieces; there resides within the year group quite a number of talented writers and artists. The students were set the challenge of writing on one of three titles: Lying Still, or Still Lying; The Darkest Hour; The Ball. The creativity with which the students approached this competition was deeply impressive. The winner was Andrew Huang with a brilliantly satirical description of a student struggling with the existential crisis that revising can engender… His winning entry can be read below. Congratulations, Andrew!

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A Novel Approach – RGS Literary Society

Lovers of literature unite!

Another exciting half term of mind-expanding, off-piste/curriculum literary explorations for all students in the 4th form and above…

Beginning tomorrow with a tasty bite into the neck of vampire poetry.

Subsequent weeks alternate between an expert speaker on a literary topic, and poetic explorations with Mr Chevalier – this term they feature a contemporary poet and are themed… Halloween, war, and the Magi.

Look forward to seeing you there!

Nov-Dec 2016 – literary programme

31/10 –     vampire poetry
7/11 –       post-colonial literature (RAP)
14/11 –     female War poetry
21/11 –     Irish Literature (RPS)
28/11 –    Alice Oswald’s poetry
5/12 –      Literature and the bible (CTW)
12/12 –    Magi poetry

Bevis Hillier Creative Writing Competition 2016 – Winner: Oscar Subuh-Symons

Renowned English art historian, author, journalist and Old Reigatian, Bevis Hillier has once again very kindly judged the shortlisted entries for the Creative Writing competition. It was open to Fifth Form students and produced some exciting pieces; there resides within the year group quite a number of talented writers and artists. The students were set the challenge of writing on one of three titles: Followed, The Secret, or The Musician. The creativity with which the students approached this competition was deeply impressive. The winner was Oscar Subuh-Symons with a rhetorical and powerful account of man’s inhumanity. His and the other winning entries can be read here: 2016 bevis hillier win entries bk . Congratulations, Oscar!

Academic Essays – all subjects

a essay competitions 2016

If you are interested in exploring academic ideas beyond your A-Level courses and are in the Lower Sixth, please read the attached powerpoint and get involved. Prizes, kudos, and pleasure in writing await.

Oxford has a list of current essay competitions here: http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/undergraduate/open-days-outreach/events-students-teachers/resources-teachers/academic-competitions-schools-and-colleges

The RGS essay competitions database contains an enormous range of competitions: http://rgs.to/vncqe

See Mr Chevalier for further support and details.

 

Bevis Hillier Creative Writing Competition 2015 – Winner: Clara Grinyer

Renowned English art historian, author, journalist and Old Reigatian, Bevis Hillier has once again very kindly judged the shortlisted entries for the Creative Writing competition. It was open to Fifth Form students and produced some exciting pieces; there resides within the year group quite a number of talented writers and artists. The students were set the challenge of writing on the subject of “the last person I expected to meet on the train…”. The creativity with which the students approached this competition was deeply impressive. The winner was Clara Grinyer with a moving and slightly terrifying story set during WW1. Her winning entry can be read here: BH 15 clara grinyer 1st. Congratulations, Clara!

Imaginative writing has powerfully shaped our culture and greatest thinkers for centuries and it is with great pleasure that the English Department continues to nurture this tradition in its students today. We look forward to reading the entries of next year’s writing challenge.

#scifi15 – unleashing the science and crafting the art

The Third Form broke down curriculum borders today by learning about scientific concepts, in a series of lectures, and then responding to them artistically, through writing, comic design, art, music and drama. The emphasis was on developing a holistic approach to learning, sharing and appreciating the talent and imagination in the year group, and enjoying the creative freedom of the day. #scifi15 was a fantastic success.

The final pieces produced by the students were impressive and everyone involved deserves congratulating.

A taste of some of the best writing of the day can be seen here: scifi writing booklet 15.

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Book bloggers!

Third Form students have once more been exploring a genre of their own choice and creating blogs as they read their books. This independent study has led to some fantastic responses.

Please enjoy this exceptionally interesting blog exploring the crime genre: crime blog

Perhaps it will inspire you to begin your own writing career online!