Congratulations to the winner of this year's Connell Guides Essay Prize - Eleanor Winn, a sixth form pupil at St Paul's Girls' School, was chosen by judge and award-winning novelist Philip Pullman for her piece on Jez Butterworth's play, Jerusalem.
Commenting on Eleanor's talent Philip Pullman said,
"What stood out for me in the work of Eleanor Winn was the kind of ease and authority that we see in the performance of a gifted singer or ball-player – a complete familiarity with the medium, a way of presenting the material that seems effortless. She's at home with language, so that writing and thinking about story and drama comes naturally to her. When we see a gift like that, the only thing to do is enjoy it."
More details about the winner and runners up can be found from Connell Guides. The aim of the Connell Guides Essay Prize is to encourage young people to think about and interpret literature in a way that helps to foster a life-long love of reading and writing.
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