House Reading Competition 2017
The final of this year's Literature Live, the annual House Reading Competition held during the Festival of Literature for Senior School pupils, took place on the afternoon of Thursday 9th February. Upper Sixth Former Maya N describes the competition:
"The Bishop’s Stortford College annual ‘Literature Live’ event was once again a thoroughly enjoyable evening. The level of talent was, as always, very high, with all of the contestants and teams participating fully. Roger McGough, poet and voice of Radio 4’s ‘Poetry Please’, acted as judge and emphasised the difficulty of selecting a winner.
The Fourth Form entertained us first with stories and poems about growing old, the difficulties of the classroom environment and clever medical wordplay, but it was Anya W's (Tee House) confident reading of ‘Jim’ by Hilaire Belloc that took first prize. Tee were again victorious in the Intermediate round with an emotive performance by Izzy F, Demi S, Anna B, Heather C and Grace L of Sarah Kay’s ‘If I should have a daughter’, but the competition was again fierce, with other performances covering the adventures of creative writing, education and revamped fairytales.
Lastly, the Sixth Form beguiled us with their readings, dramatic and heartfelt performances about the dangers of love, lust and spellcheck, with Ryan L (Collett House) and his hilarious reading of ‘The The Impotence of Proofreading’ by Taylor Mali winning in this category. This ended a delightful evening displaying a wide array of talent, which the contestants hopefully enjoyed as much as the audience."
Congratulations to the winners and well done to all the pupils who took part. Everyone was commended by Roger McGough who was impressed by their confident performances.