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Bethany's Staton Essay Prize Award
07 October 2016
Congratulations to Bethany Lucas in Year 13 who has been highly commended by Regent’s Park College Oxford in their Staton Essay Prize writing competition focused on the theme of “The City”. The Staton Essay Prize is an interdisciplinary essay competition open to all students currently studying in Year 12 anywhere in the UK. Regent’s Park College specializes in teaching and research in the humanities and social sciences. It has developed a particular expertise in teaching joint honours degrees and this prize is designed to give entrants the opportunity to explore connections between the subjects they are currently studying or are interested in, develop their abilities for independent research, and encourage them to apply for undergraduate courses that may be interdisciplinary.
Bethany wrote an engaging and lively essay entitled “Heaven is a garden but hell is a city. Do literary texts endorse or challenge this view?” where she explored the Middles Ages through Dante Alighieri’s ‘Divine Comedy’, the period of industrialisation through William Blake’s ‘Songs of Innocence and of Experience’ and the early 1900s in Britain through C.S.Lewis’s ‘The Great Divorce’ and T.S.Eliot's poetry.
It is a fantastic achievement to be highly commended and the English Department are proud of Bethany’s achievements.