Dalriada student win Prestigious UK Literary Award

Dalriada student Susie Crawford of Lower 6th has won the highly prestigious Connell Guides annual essay competition. Susie’s essay was chosen from an entry of over 200 A level and AS level essays . The official announcement came in the Daily Telgraph’s Weekend Magazine from the acclaimed Novelist William Boyd. He described the essay as exceptional and made the point that she has now placed herself in an ideal position to pursue a career as a writer if she chooses, by achieving such a huge accolade. William Boyd mentioned that;

‘The standard of the short-listed entries was uniformly high – thoughtful, intelligent, cogently argued.”

“Wit and intelligence were present in abundance in the piece I’ve chosen as the winner.”

The Connell Guides website announced.

A Sixth Form student from Dalriada School, Ballymoney has been selected as the winner of our nationwide Connell Guides essay writing competition. Susanna Crawford, age 17, wrote a strikingly witty appraisal of J.D Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye which caught the attention of our judge, novelist William Boyd. He chose her 1,500 word essay amongst more than two hundred other A and AS level entries from all over the UK.

Essay Winners