The Orwell Society has teamed up with the South East London publication Greenwich Time and Greenwich Theatre to pilot an essay competition on the writer’s work for Year 9, 10 and 11 students in the local area.
The idea is for school pupils to benefit from Orwell’s famed “plain style” of English and produce their own essays based on one of three of his best-known ones – ‘Why I Write’, ‘The Spike’ and ‘Such, Such Were The Joys’ – in 500-750 words.
The three Orwell essays are available online and students will also be able to include their thoughts and insights from any of the author’s other books and essays they might read or have already read. Students will be asked to write about how the essays affect them personally and how relevant they think they are to modern life.
One of the judges will be Orwell’s adopted son, Richard Blair, from the Orwell Society, and the competition will be publicised as it develops in Greenwich Time, in the Orwell Society website and at Greenwich theatre.
Prizes for the first, second and third places will be book tokens and family tickets to Greenwich Theatre shows of the pupils’ choice. The competition will run from the start of the September term to a closing date at half term in October. Further details are with the relevant schools. The essays are to be found on this website in the competition section.