Gower College Swansea has held a creative writing competition to which all AS English students were invited to submit entries consisting of short stories, dramatic monologues or opening chapters. The entries were judged by Jeanne-Marie Williams, English lecturer, who had organised the competition, who was delighted with the standard of work submitted.
All 30 competition entrants were invited to a special awards ceremony and afternoon tea in the English Department on 11 June. Guest speaker, Chris Walley, who is a Geology lecturer at the college and a published author, offered some words of advice to the students about the art of writing and becoming published.
The majority of the afternoon put the focus clearly on the students’ work with readings from a variety of competition entries. The entries were read by Chris, librarians Tim Hannah and Mark Ludlam as well as members of the English team.
‘It was wonderful to celebrate student achievement in an informal, friendly atmosphere’, said Curriculum Leader Sally Llewellyn, ‘we are lucky to have such talented writers in our classes.’
First prize went to Daniel Davies, with Amelia Picton-Jones and Cassie James taking second and third. The three received Amazon vouchers which were provided by the Humanities learning area.
The college is hopeful that the award can become an annual event.
Pictured (l-r) are Chris Whalley, Daniel Davies (first prize), Cassie James (third prize) and Jeanne-Marie Williams (organiser and competition judge). Amelia Picton-Jones, who came second, was unable to be at the presentation