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Student New Angle Prize longlist entry by Kay Saberton - The Fine City


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You can see the crumbling wall

as you make your way

into the centre of the city.

A reminder of our not so distant past.

This is our Norwich, our fine city.


The thing about our city’s walls is that

we often forget they’re there.

Sitting silently, lost in plain sight.

A part of our everyday life,

yet we don’t give them a second glance.


The walls are the city

just as much as we are.

Each stone tells its long history,

 of death, celebration, and revolution.

The stories stitched between.


The first thing that Robert Kett must’ve

seen as he marched his men

into Norwich was the wall.

With its mighty gatehouses and towers

standing watch to guard our people.


Not the half-formed thing of today,

 but the city’s strong defences.

Yet, still the wall endures for us,

reminds us of our resilience.

We’ll be back there soon,

in our Norwich, our fine city.


- Kay Saberton

Image by David Mark from Pixabay 


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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