David Crystal at Marlborough School in 2014
The festival hosts a school programme at The Marlborough School, Woodstock, sponsored by Owen Mumford Ltd. This year’s programme features five events and a school prize.
Non-Fiction Essay Prize in association with Oxford Brookes University and sponsored by Blythe Campbell
The Blenheim Palace Festival of Literature Film and Music School Prize is a new £500 non-fiction essay prize for pupils of The Marlborough School, Woodstock, run in association with Oxford Brookes University and sponsored by Blythe Campbell.
The subject of this year’s essay is nature and the environment. The writer of the winning essay will receive £200, the runner-up £100 and third place £50. The class of the winning writer will also get to choose books worth £150 for the school library.
The judges are Professor Simon Kovesi, head of the Department of English and Modern Languages at Oxford Brookes University; Jarl Severn, managing director of Owen Mumford; Derek Holmes, a former editor of The Oxford Times; and writers Kevin Crossley-Holland and Lucy Atkins.
Professor Kovesi will give a talk to the class of the winning writer.
The competition is open to pupils in years 7 to 12 at The Marlborough School, and pupils have to write a well-argued piece inspired by ‘nature and the environment’.