Jez Butterworth’s Jerusalem

By Eleanor Winn Winner of The Connell Guides Essay Prize 2015. A few years ago, I accidently went to see Jez Butterworth’s play Jerusalem. I’m fairly sure it’s not possible to read a book by accident, or a poem for that matter, so maybe experiencing literature entirely unintentionally made me see it in a different…

Ian McEwan’s The Children Act

By Phoebe Gipson First Runner Up, The Connell Guides Essay Prize 2015. Originally, I had gone to the library in search of a collection of poetry by Anne Sexton, intending (slightly begrudgingly) to take my teacher’s advice and do some further reading around my subjects. It was after a fruitless search in the American poetry…

Sylvia Plath’s Stillborn

By Lailah-Tul-Anne Choudhry Second Runner Up, The Connell Guides Essay Prize 2015 It is very simplistic to say that a stillborn baby did not live. It did. My mum gave birth to a baby, just a year after me, who was not alive. As I was growing older, and before I even read Stillborn, my…

Eleanor Winn wins Connell Guides Essay Prize

 Congratulations Eleanor Winn!  Eleanor Winn – a sixth form pupil at St Paul’s Girl’s School in London – has won our 2015 Essay Prize!  We’re thrilled for Eleanor, who won for her striking appraisal of Jez Butterworth’s play Jerusalem. When we called Eleanor to let her know she had won, she was slightly shocked but clearly delighted!  Once the news…

Connell Guides Essay Prize: Winner Announced!

This year’s Connell Guides Essay Prize judge, award-winning novelist Philip Pullman, has selected the winner and two runnners-up in our nation-wide young writers’ competition. Congratulations to Eleanor Winn, a sixth-form pupil at St Paul’s Girls’ School, who was chosen chosen for her striking appraisal of Jez Butterworth’s play Jerusalem. Eleanor has won the £500 cash prize,…

William Boyd on the Connell Guides Essay Prize

Last year we were thrilled to have master storyteller William Boyd judge our inaugural Connell Guides Essay Prize. He said the standard of entries was “uniformly high – thoughtful, intelligent, cogently argued. They should all be congratulated. Wit and intelligence were present in abundance in the piece I’ve chosen as the winner but also marked out…