The School of English and Modern Foreign Languages at Cronton Sixth Form College is delighted after talented student Cloe Geary was shortlisted to the final five entries at the Lancaster Writing Awards 2014.
The competition, inaugurated in 2012 and ran by the Department of English Creative Writing at Lancaster University, received around two hundred and fifty high standard entries across three categories of Fiction, Criticism and Poetry.
Cloe, aged 18, made the Poetry shortlist with her entry, ‘i’. Ultimately, Cloe did not win the competition, but was ‘highly commended’ for her excellent work, an impressive achievement.
English Literature student Cloe said, “I love writing poetry but I’ve only ever shown it to my friends, this is the first time I’ve entered a competition! I’m really pleased to have been shortlisted to the final five entries, it’s been amazing. I wouldn’t have thought of entering had it not been for my teacher, Steph Power.”
Poet Paul Farley, responsible for ranking the top entries, commented “I loved the way Cloe Geary’s ‘i’ cracked the pronoun open, and its noises-off ending.”
Helen Chappell, Head of School for English and Modern Foreign Languages at the College, expressed her pride in Cloe. “I am delighted her talent has been recognised in this prestigious competition, it’s a tremendous achievement for her.
“Studying English Literature is not just about taking exams, it is about the broader experience. Cloe’s success in this national competition run by an esteemed University shows that Cronton Sixth Form students are amongst the best in the country, she should be immensely proud.”