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Laurie Magnus Poetry Prize

The Laurie Magnus Poetry Prize was established in memory of Laurie Magnus by his widow. Laurie Magnus was a GDST Council member from 1907, and Chairman from 1929 until his death in 1933. He also wrote The Jubilee Book of the Girls’ Day School Trust (1923).

This year the poems were judged by Putney High School alumna Julia Rawlinson.  Julia has always loved writing poetry - a poem she wrote as a child was included in a Macmillan Christmas anthology.  Since then Julia’s poems have appeared in anthologies for publishers including Macmillan, Scholastic, Collins Children's Books, Oxford University Press, Bloomsbury, Candlestick Press and A&C Black.  Julia has recently written poems for educational publisher Pearson and completed the One Week of Poems series of e-books on Kindle.


2018 competition:


Years 1 and 2

Winner:  Alexandra O’Dea - Notting Hill and Ealing Junior School


Ananya Sriram - Northwood College for Girls

Alienor Dubois - Oxford High School

Scarlett Slee - Sydenham High Junior School


Years 3 and 4

Winner:  Amy Kukula - Sutton High Junior School


Aneira Barrett - Notting Hill and Ealing Junior School

Bee Lumsden - Sydenham High Junior School


Years 5 and 6

Winner:  Matilda Jones - Notting Hill and Ealing Junior School


Florence Dempster - Portsmouth High Prep School

Poppy Campion - Oxford High School

Ella Gardner-Thorpe - Sheffield High School


Years 7, 8 and 9

Winner:  Tasneem Jodiyawalla - South Hampstead High School


Genevieve Pearce - Notting Hill and Ealing High School

Ela Kocacik - Nottingham Girls’ High School

Hannah Watt - Oxford High School


Years 10 and 11

Winner:  Shermya Modupe - Croydon High School


Anna Coutts - Putney High School

Jess Leunig - Wimbledon High School

Holly Barry - Northampton High School


Years 12 and 13

Winner:  Imogen McHugh - Norwich High School for Girls


Elin Short - Howell’s School, Llandaff

Harriet Armstrong - Oxford High School

Lucy Crawford - The Royal High School, Bath