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COLYTON:Essay explores women and fiction

Thursday, 03 July 2014

COLYTON Grammar School student Rebecca Young has been highly commended in the Woolf Essay Prize, a competition run by Newnham College, Cambridge. The competition commemorates a lecture by Virginia Woolf, who spoke at the college in 1928 on “Women and Fiction”. Rebecca (pictured below left) chose to answer the question “Is there a difference between the ‘creative power’ of men and that of women?”, a topic she said she wanted to “unravel”. Rebecca, 17, from Ottery St Mary, said: “It was very different to working on a school essay as it was completely under my control and gave me lots of room to explore.” The Woolf Essay Prize is an annual competition open to all girls currently in Year 12, and questions are designed to give students the opportunity to think and write about women in literature, history, society and culture, while developing their independent study and writing skills. Rebecca added: “I did a lot of background research, and I’m really pleased to have done so well!” By student reporter Zoe Kuyken

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