The Competition - Edna Welthorpe letters by UK Students
Read the winners in the national creative writing competition that invited sixth form, college and university students to embody the spirit of Edna and pen a satirical letter.
Joe Orton, Edna Welthorpe, Play, playwright, Leicester, Letters, Entertaining Mr Sloane
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A marvellous opportunity – the workshop enabled students to explore their latent creativity in such an enjoyable way.

A real highlight of the year!”

Deborah Fones, Head of English, English Martyrs’ Catholic School, Leicester

NEW LETTERS

The Competition

As well as commissioning new Edna letters, in 2017 Emma Parker and Chris Shepherd launched a national creative writing competition that invited sixth form, college and university students to embody the spirit of Edna and pen a satirical letter in honour of Joe Orton.

The competition asked, ‘If Joe Orton were alive today, who or what would be the object of his satire?’

Students from Beaumont College, English Martyrs’ Sixth Form College, Leicester College, Melton Vale Post 16 Centre, Robert Smyth Academy and Wyggeston and Queen Elizabeth I College attended a creative writing workshop at the University of Leicester.

 

The competition was judged by Joe Orton’s sister Leonie Orton, Emma Parker and Chris Shepherd.

NEW LETTERS

The Competition

As well as commissioning new Edna letters, in 2017 Emma Parker and Chris Shepherd launched a national creative writing competition that invited sixth form, college and university students to embody the spirit of Edna and pen a satirical letter.

The competition asked, ‘If Joe Orton were alive today, who or what would be the object of his satire?’

Students from Beaumont College, English Martyrs, Leicester College, Melton Vale Post 16 Centre, Robert Smyth Academy and Wyggeston and Queen Elizabeth I College attended a creative writing workshop at the University of Leicester.

 

The competition was judged by Joe Orton’s sister Leonie Orton, Emma Parker and Chris Shepherd.

A marvellous opportunity – the workshop enabled students to explore their latent creativity in such an enjoyable way.

A real highlight of the year!”

Deborah Fones, Head of English, English Martyrs’ Catholic School, Leicester

THE RESULTS

And The Winner is…

Bryony Adshead, Derby High School

The winning letter was read by actor Frances Barber at The Little Theatre, Leicester, on 9 August 2017, at a special event at to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Orton’s death.

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THE RESULTS

And The Winner is…

Bryony Adshead, Derby High School

The winning letter was read by actor Frances Barber at The Little Theatre, Leicester, on 9 August 2017, at a special event at to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Orton’s death.

 

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THE RESULTS

Runner Up

Pearl Andrews-Horrigan,

Queen’s College, Taunton

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THE RESULTS

Runner Up

Pearl Andrews-Horrigan,

Queen’s College, Taunton

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THE RESULTS

Highly Commended

The following letters were all highly commended by the judges.

Click on a name to read the finalists’ letters.