2017's Keats-Shelley and Young Romantics Prize Winners and Shortlisters
Ella Nowicki is in her second year at Madison East High School in Madison, Wisconsin. With strong interests in the history of art and literature, she has been recognized by the Poetry Society in the 2015 Timothy Corsellis Young Critics Prize and by the humanities competition MIT Inspire, in which she was awarded first prize in Art and Architecture for research on Victorian photography and tourism in Sicily.
Isabella Welch is 18 years old and studying at Bristol Grammar School.
Farah Ghafoor is editor-in-chief at Sugar Rascals and has had poems published in Ninth Letter, alien mouth, and Big Lucks, among others. Her work has been recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, Nancy Thorp Poetry Contest, and Alexandria Quarterly Emerging Artists and Writers Award. She believes that she deserves a cat.
Laura Mugford is 18 years old and currently studying Musical Theatre at the University of Chichester. She has a passion for classical art, ancient history and writing, and takes great pride in having extensive knowledge about Harry Potter.
Lucy Tiller is currently at sixth form in the midlands, hoping to study English at the University of Cambridge in the autumn. In 2016 she was a Commended Foyle Young Poet and, earlier this year, KS5 winner of First Story's National Poetry Competition. Aside from writing, she is also really interested in theatre, playing the flute and feminism.
Rhiannon Williams is a young poet currently studying in London, wrestling with time in order to fit in the hours needed for development as a writer around A levels, while finding continued inspiration from all the great city. The poetry that she is currently reading is the work of Marina Tsvetaeva, Anne Carson, Warsan Shire and W.H. Auden, who inspire her with their experimental and innovative use of forms both traditional and post-modern.
The Chair of Judges is Baroness Floella Benjamin.
Poems: Matthew Sweeney & Jo Shapcott
Essays: Professor Simon Bainbridge & Professor Sharon Ruston
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