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Two writers gained on the Queen’s Park Guide Pageant

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September 22, 2022, 4:32 p.m



Extra faculties have taken half within the Queen’s Park Writers’ Award this 12 months, which “bodes nicely for the way forward for literature in Brent”.

Six faculties participated within the competitors, which happened on September 17 as a part of the Queen’s Park Guide Pageant.

College students have been tasked with writing poems across the theme of ‘wonders and mysteries’ and have been judged by novelists Elizabeth Freemantle and Elizabeth Uter and competition neighborhood tent organizer Hud Saunders.




Phoebe Aiken, from Salusbury Main College, got here second along with her poem Superhero Sky
– Credit score: Lucy Shardlow

Charlotte Grigg, from Princess Frederica Main College, gained the underneath 12 award along with her poem Island.

Esme Lott, from Queen’s Park Neighborhood College, gained the award within the 12 to 16 12 months class for The Recovered Miracle.

Every winner acquired a £75 e book token, offered by Queen’s Park Books, and a artistic writing workshop with Elizabeth Uter.


  Juno Price, of Princess Frederica School,

Juno Value, of Princess Frederica College, acquired a £30 e book token for her poem As soon as Upon a Miracle.

– Credit score: Lucy Shardlow

Phoebe Aiken, Salusbury College, and Juno Value, Princess Frederica, within the junior class, and final 12 months’s senior champions, Blessica D’Costa, and Ciara Martyn, each St Claudines, took house £30 e book vouchers.

The particular visitor was Rha Hira Arayal, an 18-year-old poet from Swansea.


Rha Hira Arayal, an 18-year-old poet, was a special guest at the Queen's Park Book Festival's Young Writer Award ceremony.

Rha Hira Arayal, an 18-year-old poet, was a particular visitor on the Queen’s Park Guide Pageant’s Younger Author Award ceremony.
– Credit score: Lucy Shardlow

British-Nepalese writer Rha printed her first assortment of poetry, Encapsulated Feelings, final 12 months and writes about social points resembling racism, international warming and the consequences of the pandemic.

Hud Saunders stated: “All of the poems entered have been unbelievable and we had an extended and heated debate about who the winners must be ultimately.

“We entered extra faculties than ever earlier than, which is extremely satisfying for me, and for your entire competition, as a result of these younger folks signify the subsequent technology of writers and our objective is to encourage increasingly more folks to take part. .

“I feel this bodes nicely for the way forward for literature in Brent.”


Chrys Salt MBE welcomes new writers Eamon Somers, Sue Whitmore, Simon Fellowes and Mara Nkere

Queen’s Park Voices: (L-R) Chrys Salt MBE hosts rising writers Eamon Somers, Sue Whitmore, Simon Fellowes and Mara Nkere on the Queen’s Park Guide Pageant
– Credit score: Nathalie Raffray

Entry to the Queen’s Park Guide Pageant neighborhood tent is free, with individuals waived.

This 12 months from new writers at Queen’s Park and a dialogue of race, id and belonging from the angle of famend instructor Tessa McWatt and 2020 Costa Prize winner Monique Roffey.

Discussions on motherhood and id, the strange historical past of Queen’s Park and native artists Alexander Newly and Mulumba Tshikuka discussing the transformative energy of portray have been additionally free for the neighborhood.

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