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Emilia Bilney – winner of College National Poetry Day competition

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To celebrate National Poetry Day on 3rd October, students were invited to write poetry on the theme of water.

The winning entry, Narcissus, was by Emilia Bilney:


A golden apple, suspended

under the molten silver

contaminating the shallow

breaths and stippling lungs

with its precious droplets.

Narcissus turns his back on himself

ashamed at what this has become.

It is dead here, only memories

are left to break the mirror

in its static contact.


Emilia studies English Literature, Design Technology, Economics and French at Long Road. “I have only recently started writing poetry,” she explains. “Up until now I have been focusing on writing songs – and learning the guitar to accompany them.

“My poem was inspired by the work of Sylvia Plath – we have been studying her poetry in class. My favourite poet though is Keats. I have always loved poetry – my mother read poetry to me almost from the moment I was born!”

Emilia was awarded a certificate by Principal Christine Sherwin and a prize of £20.

Also highly commended were:

  • Sophie Jaggard
  • Chris Webb
  • Suzanna Wolff
  • Jack Freeman

Olwyn Benjamin, Department Manager English, Psychology and Academic Support, says: “We were really pleased with the response to the competition and the high standard of the entries.  It shows how many very creative students we have at the college.”