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For a number of years now we have invited a successful writer to spend a few days at Eton each half. Writers visit twice: first, earlier in a half, to give readings and to introduce ideas for a writing competition; then, in the last few weeks, he or she returns to adjudicate the competition. Last half the poet Alan Brownjohn received more than eighty entries to the Hervey and Milner Prizes, setting the themes “an open door” and “illuminations”. Arno Albici (ASR) won the Hervey prize (for boys in B & C) and Duncan McFarlane (CMJ) won the Milner Prize (D & E). This half, the novelist and radio playwright Jonathan Smith visited to introduce the themes ‘fathers and sons’ and ‘hero worship’ for the Head Master’s Short Story Prizes. More than a hundred boys submitted entries. The senior winner (B & C) was Marcus Chenevix-Trench (PBS). The junior winner (D & E) was Eugene Loh KS. In the Summer Half the poet Ruth Padel will visit Eton to give the Edmund’s Bequest Reading and adjudicate the Gardiner Cup for the best folder of creative work by a boy in F Block.

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