Recognition for Literary Critique Ethan
First prize in the Lancaster University Writing Awards has been awarded to 19-year-old Ethan Turner-Freeman.
Language fanatic Ethan, who is currently reading Spanish and Portuguese at Oxford University, submitted his entry, a comparative essay between the presentation of religion in Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre and Maya Angelou’s I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, whilst he was studying for his A-levels at Winstanley College.
The winning essay was an edited version of his English Literature coursework which tutor, Fran Pridham, saw the potential in, so encouraging him to enter the competition. Both Fran and Ethan were delighted when they got the email to confirm him as the winner of the £200 first prize.
When asked how he felt about his success, Ethan said: ‘I was obviously elated to win the award, not least because it felt like a win for the college too (and its fantastic English department). If I remember correctly a lot of the finalists were from fee-paying schools so it was particularly nice for a state college to bag first prize!’
‘I’ve gone on to study Spanish and Portuguese at Oxford, which is essentially a literature degree (but with the texts in foreign languages). So winning the award was a big confidence boost for that.’
Current English students at Winstanley College will be encourage to enter the 2017 competition, in the hope of following in Ethan’s footsteps.