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Writing competition winners announced

20 Mar 2018 12:15PM

The winner of the Student New Angle Prize (SNAP) for writing has been announced.

BA (Hons) English student Jayd Green has won the top prize for her poem ‘Dunwich Woods’ while the runner up prize was awarded to fellow BA (Hons) English student, Matt Annis, for ‘The Button Boy’.

The competition is now in its fourth year and runs in conjunction with the New Angle Prize, which started in 2009. Students were asked to write about something that has an East Anglian connection; this could be a theme, topic, influence or association.

Dr Amanda Hodgkinson, Lecturer in English, said of the competition, “It is fantastic to see the growing popularity of the SNAP Writing Competition year on year. This year there was a diverse and particularly high standard of entries, which has made reading all the submissions a pleasure. From stories of love at the end of Felixstowe Pier, to hidden histories of the old Odeon cinema in Ipswich, the excitement of Fresher’s week at the University, ancient Kings and Sutton Hoo, the entries reflected the history and modernity of East Anglia. All the submissions also importantly form a celebration of the creative talent to be found here in the University.”

“Of course, the only difficulty was having to choose a worthy winner and runner-up amongst the entries. In all the submissions, we were looking for a voice that stayed with us long after reading. A voice that created images of East Anglia that resonated geographically and emotionally too.”

Winner Jayd Green said, “It feels amazing to have won. I had this moment of enlightenment when I thought, yes, this is a good poem and I’m proud of it. Then comes the embarrassment of wanting to tell people, but not knowing how to!”

“My poem, ‘Dunwich Woods’ is about a walk I took through the woods in Dunwich with some friends, about eighteen months ago now. We set off quite early in the morning, and it was raining constantly throughout the day. We were walking for hours, and then we took shelter in a pub, what felt like the only pub in Dunwich, and then walked back through the woods in the dark. We were out there for so long, it felt like we got to see the whole scope of the day; it was eerie and very atmospheric.”

Runner up Matt Annis said “My story is based around the HMS Ganges and the training site in Shotley. It about a character who sneaks on to a derelict site, a sailor who sneaks in and reminisces about the old naval history.  The character is based on, and named after, my Grandad. He was never the type to tell stories, so I started learning about him after he passed away, by talking to my Dad and researching. The poem makes an illusion to the Battle of River Plate, which he was involved in.”

“The news that I was runner-up was actually really uplifting, it was a reminder to me that I have talent, and I can do things. I'm really chuffed! My Dad was really proud – I read it to him beforehand, because some of the details in the poem are so personal to the family, but he loved it, and he’s thrilled that I’ve been made runner-up.”

The shortlisted pieces were:

  • ‘Dunwich Woods’ by Jayd Green- BA (Hons) English- winner
  • ‘The Button Boy’ by Matt Annis- BA (Hons) English- runner up
  •  ‘Love Found in East Anglia’ by Chloe Rose Lamb- BA (Hons) English
  • ‘The Half-life of Henry Smart’ by Richard Payne- BA (Hons) History
  • ‘Loneliness and Aloneness. Dunwich’ by Roger Colin Race- BA (Hons) History

The official prize giving will be at the School of Art Design and Humanities End of Year Show in June.

To read the students’ work click here

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