Oscar Wilde by Emma Wright

History is in the Making 16-18-year-olds 3rd Prize Competition Winner ‘This wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. Either it goes, or I do.’ An everyday mundane object such as ‘wallpaper’ seems an easy opponent in a battle, yet this simile clearly portrays a feeling of struggle and withdrawal from a long, […]

Helen Maria Williams by Rhea Kaur Pardesi

History is in the Making 16-18-year-olds 2nd Prize Competition Winner The romanticism era is widely renowned and defined by awe-inspiring poets like Wordsworth, Lord Byron and Blake. However, I argue that Helen Maria Williams is as equally deserving of a Royal Society of Literature Fellowship than any Romantic poet. Romanticism has flickers of spontaneity, liberation […]

George Orwell by Pinar Atamusa

History is in the Making 13-15-year-olds 2nd Prize Competition Winner The writer I would like to nominate for an RSL Fellowship is Eric Arthur Blair, or more commonly known by his pen name, George Orwell. George Orwell is known for his many works, such as Animal Farm and 1984, where he emphasises and clearly demonstrates his political and societal […]

Seamus Heaney by Ruby Campbell

History is in the Making 16-18-year-olds 1st Prize Competition Winner During the mid 20th century, to be an Irish man was less of what you were, and more of what you were not. Namely, you were not expressive; your heart was tucked firmly into a back pocket. You were not sensitive; you bore it until […]

Sylvia Plath by Izzy Goldberg

History is in the Making 13-15-year-olds 1st Prize Competition Winner When I think of Sylvia Plath, I think of the sort of person who reads The Bell Jar in high school and proclaims themselves – for the first time – wholly seen. For me, The Bell Jar failed to have this effect. Although deeply moving […]