We are delighted to announce the winners of the annual GDST Laurie Magnus Poetry Prize.
The Laurie Magnus Poetry Prize is one of the GDST’s longest-running prizes, established in memory of Sir Laurie Magnus, by his widow. Laurie Magnus was a GDST Council member from 1907, and Chairman from 1929 until his death in 1933.
The competition is open to students with an interest in poetry. Each school puts forward one entry for each of the six age categories. Prizes are awarded for original poetry and each winner presented with £100 in book vouchers.
“This has been a remarkable year for all of us, and one of the few good things that comes out of adversity is great creativity”, said Claudia. “While it was good to see the strong environmental and political messages coming through the poems, we’ve also had the pandemic to reckon with. Messages of equality, diversity and sustainability have come through loud and clear as well: we are living through extraordinary times. The poems reflected these changes, and more.”
The winners are as follows…
- Years 1 and 2 winner: Savanna Yazdanpanahi, Oxford High School – Aliens on Planet Gurgle
- Years 3 and 4 winner: Safia Fareed, Nottingham Girls’ High School – My Favourite Gifts
- Years 5 and 6 winner: Beatrice Voisey, Norwich High School for Girls – My Lockdown Friend
- Years 7, 8 and 9 winner: Shifa Shahzad, Howells School, Llandaff – A Dragon, A Girl and a Knight
- Years 10 and 11 winner: Jess Wraight, Oxford High School – I Want To
- Years 12 and 13 winner: Kitty Joyce, Oxford High School – Thank you note to my mother
Many congratulations to our winners and to all students who participated in the competition.