This week we were delighted to visit St Paul’s Girls’ School to present Eleanor with her prize: a cheque for £500, a full set of Connell Guides, and a £50 gift card for our online shop. The winner of this year’s Connell Guides Essay Prize was Eleanor Winn, a sixth form pupil at St Paul’s Girls’ School, who was chosen by our 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.”
The Connell Guides Team joined St Paul’s Girls’ School’s High Mistress, Ms Clarissa Farr and Head of English Dr Jonathan Patrick to congratulate Eleanor on her success. Eleanor was delighted to receive her prize and revealed her hopes to continue her study of English Literature at undergraduate level. We are sure she will do brilliantly and wish her the very best of luck for the future! Click here to read Eleanor Winn’s winning essay on Jez Butterworth’s Jerusalem. The competition was open to all sixth-form pupils studying English Literature. 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.