Joanna Bogle reports on this year’s competition:
“The problems faced by schools this year were obviously great. But we received a surprisingly good number of entries for the 2021 Catholic Young Writer Award.
Pupils were asked to discuss the statement by C.S. Lewis about Christ: a madman, a liar or was He indeed the true God who came to be among us?
The overall winner was Samuel McCarthy of Bishop Vaughan School, Swansea, and prizes were also awarded to pupils at:
St John Houghton School, Kirk Hallam
Gumley House School Isleworth
Finchley Catholic High School
St Martin’s Catholic Academy Nuneaton
St Thomas Aquinas School Birmingham
It was a particular pleasure to be able to award the magnificent book on Catholicism produced by Lord Brennan: this means that our young writers this year have a truly memorable award. We are also grateful to the Knights of St Columba who helped by spreading word of the Award through their own Youth and Schools initiative.”
Our grateful thanks go to Joanna Bogle for her work in organising this year’s Award.
Catholic Young Writer Award 2020
The winners of the 2020 Catholic Young Writer Award – presented annually by the Catholic Union Charitable Trust – are:
Elizabeth McAllister of Mayfield School, East Sussex
Vyvyan Ogenna Okoro of Our Lady and St Chad Academy, Wolverhampton
They share a joint cash prize of £50 (£25 each) plus book prizes and commemorative cups.
The Award was launched over twenty years ago by the Catholic Writers’ Guild of England and Wales and as the numbers of schools involved expanded, it was taken over by the Catholic Union Charitable Trust. This year, participants were invited to write about the importance of attending Sunday Mass. They were expected to show evidence of having studied the relevant Scriptures and sections of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
“The number of entries was obviously small this year because of the schools closing – said Award organiser Joanna Bogle “But we had some entries of a good standard and Vyvyan and Elizabeth produced really fine work. Some runner-up prizes have been awarded as well and have been posted to various schools.”
Our thanks go to Joanna Bogle for her hard work on this valuable project.
Congratulations to the schools whose pupils were runners up and were awarded book prizes.
Young Catholic Writer 2017 runners up
Father M J Holman SJ Principal of Heythrop College, London gave a talk to members of the Catholic Union and their guests on 4th December 2014 at the Notre Dame University London about Helping Young People Grow in Faith in Jesus Christ.
The text of his talk will be found by clicking YoungPeopleandFaith041214.
On 10th February 2014, there will be a conference to discuss PHSE (sex education) in schools at the Precious Blood Church, 22 Redcross Street, London Bridge SE1 at 6.30pm. More information can be obtained from the Church’s website.