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Student New Angle Prize longlist entry by Amy Bessent - Framlingham Castle


blogmainimagetemplate framlingham castle. Credit Peregrine Bush

Panic atomised us as we ran.

Backs against the sun

abandoning the blossoms,

we went home

and stayed there for a while.

Hidden from the eyes of Time,

who peeps

through the arrow-slits

and whose embrasures

swallow us whole


A short walk

but worlds away -

absence intensifies the longing

dilutes memories,

and coaxes them into dust

so that

like bricks,

they might be replaced,

recomposed in newness

and crumbling Tudor redness


Set them in the stone

and keep them in your walls

until we may walk atop them once more

among the crenellations    

the palisades           

and the parapets;

treading the phantom walkways,

the earth tones and the umber

set against ghosts of lyres and lutes

now out of tune


I long for nervous heights

to muse

upon the nettles

which gather on green meadows

the way cow-parsley sprawls from the umbel;

reaching upwards,

rising through the tangled undergrowth,

from the dungeon to the dreaming-tower

as we unfurl,


- Amy Bessent


Image by Peregrine Bush

Student New Angle Prize

The Student New Angle Prize is a competition partnered with the New Angle Prize for Literature, a national book award for published authors. SNAP is an annual event and offers all students of the University of Suffolk the chance to enter by submitting 500 words of original writing as prose or poetry. Like the New Angle Prize, all entries must either be set in or clearly influenced by our East Anglian region. 

The SNAP competition gives offers a chance to hear new voices in the region and encourages students to add to the literary representations of the region which continue to make East Anglia such an important place for art and literature and poetry. Every year a different judge is invited to join the panel. For this year the judge is honorary graduate, novelist and actress Esther Freud.  

Twelve writers from courses across the University have been longlisted for the SNAP Writing Awards 2021. The shortlist will be announced on 10th March. The winner and runner up will be announced 19th March.

If you are interested in writing, why not consider our BA(Hons) English Literature with Creative Writing or MA in Creative and Critical Writing?

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