Essay Prize in celebration on Keats’s ‘To Autumn’

Sixth Form and Undergraduate Students from across Hampshire gathered at Winchester College on Saturday 19th October for a celebration of John Keats who wrote his famous poem ‘To Autumn’ after walking through the water meadows that run past the college. Dr Gary Farnell from the University of Winchester and Keats’ biographer and scholar, Professor Nicholas Roe from St. Andrews University gave talks and presented prizes to the winners of essay competitions that focused on work from Keats’ ‘living year’ 1819. After the awards, guests visited the Treasury at Winchester College, which is running an exhibition on Keats and his contemporaries, before returning for an afternoon tea. The essay competition and prize-giving event was made possible by the generous support of The Keats Foundation, The University of Winchester, Winchester College and P&G Wells, the college bookshop.

From left: Rosanna Foster (runner up of the Undergraduate Prize), Emily Griffiths, (winner of the Undergraduate Prize), Professor Nicholas Roe, Dr Gary Farnell, Reuel Armstrong (second place), Alistair Brown (winner of the Sixth Form Prize), and Suzanne Mui (third place in the Sixth Form Prize). Not pictured: Sarah Waters (Third place Undergraduate Prize)