The Tiger in the Jungle and The Wooley Jumper: Winners Announced For D.H. Lawrence Writing Competition

27/07/24 - An amazing array of submissions were received, engaging with the competition theme ‘the four seasons’ in creative and original ways.

From beautiful imagery of the aspects of the seasons in poems like ‘Autumn Leaves’, winner of the age 12-16 category, to mythical characters of the seasons in the short story ‘How the Seasons Began’, one of the Best of Broxtowe winners. 

The winners and runners up, as well as their families, attended an awards event held at the D.H. Lawrence Museum in Eastwood, where the Mayor of Broxtowe handed them their prizes and certificates.

Some of the winners from further afield were able to join the event digitally via Teams.

The full list of winners are:

Age 12-16 Category:

  • 1st Place, poem, ‘Autumn Leaves’ by Pru
  • 2nd Place, short story, ‘The Plum Tree’ by Amber
  • 3rd Place, poem, ‘’The Four Seasons’ by Shira

Age 8-11 category:

  • 1st Place, poem, ‘Wooly Jumper Season’ by Amelia
  • 2nd Place, poem, ‘Spring’ by Beatrice
  • 3rd Place, short story, ‘Seasons’ by Mollie
  • Highly Commended –  poem, ‘Seasons, seasons’ by Heidi

Age 4-7 category:

  • 1st Place, poem, ‘Transforming Seasons’ by Lexi
  • 2nd Place, short story, ‘The Seasons: Backstory’ by Reggie
  • 3rd Place, poem, ‘The Four Seasons’ by Daisy
  • Highly Commended –  short story, ‘The Tiger in the Jungle’ by Martha

Best of Broxtowe Category

  •  Age 4-7 group winner – short story, ‘The Fox and the Bird’ by Anais
  • Age 8-11 group winner – short story, ‘How the Seasons Began’ by Ethan
  • Aged 12-16 group winner – short story ‘The Bench’ by Lucy
  • Best of Broxtowe Highly Commended – ‘Lenny’ by Esme 

As part of the competition, children were asked for short stories and poems on the theme of ‘the four seasons.’

As one of Nottingham’s most famous sons, the award is named in honour of the Eastwood born writer, D.H. Lawrence who often wrote about the local area in his own works.

The judges, made up of Eastwood Writers’ Group, representatives of the D.H. Lawrence Society and local writer Kai Northcott, were overwhelmed by the response with over 180 entries received from not just Broxtowe, but all over the country including Cardiff and Bristol.

The competition has been made possible thanks to funding from the Arts Council as part of the Broxtowe Creates Festival.

The D.H. Lawrence Birthplace Museum is where this literary legend was born on 11 September 1885. Only 30 minutes from Nottingham city centre, the Museum is a must see for fans of literature, and for those wanting to delve deeper into Nottingham’s literary heritage.

Step back in time to experience the traditional Victorian wash house, see the parlour; a room only for special guests, and have a wander around the parental and other bedrooms. The museum’s permanent exhibition features items from Lawrence’s family and even paintings created by the author himself.

Communications Team