Posted September 24th 2018

Congratulations to the Julia Wood and Mary Renault essay competition winners!

The winners of the Mary Renault and Julia Wood essay prizes were invited to College for a lunch on Saturday 22 September with our classics and history Fellows.

In the Mary Renault essay competition, the first prize went to Leah Mitchell of the Judd School for her essay ‘How has the reception of Heloise’s letters to Abelard been shaped by the biographical tradition of Aspasia?’

Ibrahim Ince of the English School, Nicosia, was awarded a prize for writing ‘Classical Greece; an era of gloriousness or the genesis of corruption inherent in humanity? Explore Eliot’s literary and Waterhouse’s visual depiction of classicism and myth.’

Rachel Rees of the Royal Grammar School, Newcastle, won a prize for ‘The influence of Classical literature and mythology on the work of Seamus Heaney within the political context of 20th century Ireland and the Troubles.’

Isabella White of Truro and Penwith College was awarded a prize for her essay ‘Redeeming Agrippina: The Empress, The Singer and ‘MeToo’.’

The winning essays for the Mary Renault Prize can be read here.

As for the 2018 Julia Wood prize, Anna Bailey of the Lower Sixth of Ampleforth College was awarded a prize for her essay entitled, ‘The Line to Heaven: An Assessment of the Relationship between Religion and Railways in Nineteenth-Century Britain’.

The essay ‘Socialism or death? An Assessment of the Socio-economic Successes and Failures of the Cuban Revolution, 1958-1975’, by Mark Connolly, in the Lower Sixth of St Columba’s School, Kilmacolm, also won a prize.

From the Lower Sixth of King Edward’s School in Birmingham, Freddie Crawford won a prize for ‘Socialism or death? An Assessment of the Socio-economic Successes and Failures of the Cuban Revolution, 1958-1975.’

Last but not least, Jack Vaughan in the Lower Sixth of the Bishop of Llandaff Church in Wales High School, Cardiff, won a prize in the Julia Wood competition for his essay ‘Re-Peel?: An Assessment of Sir Robert Peel’s Influence on the Receptivity of the Conservative Party to Reform.’

Submissions to the Julia Wood essay prize can be read here.