Love and Justice poetry and photo competition winners

Friday, 20 March 2009

Vice-Chancellor Professor Janet Beer congratulated the winners at the closing event on Friday 13 March.

Love and Justice Month drew to a close last Friday 13 March with a celebratory evening, during which the winners of the poetry and photography competition were announced.

The poems were read aloud and the images displayed. Brookes Vice-Chancellor, Professor Janet Beer congratulated the winners at the event held in the Harts Bar at the Students' Union.

Oxford Brookes student Emily Hirst took the winning photo whilst working as a freelance press photographer in Belfast. It pictures the mother and sister of a young man murdered by the IRA 20 years ago outside Stormont, and has a sadly poignant relevance today.

The elegantly simple winning poem surrender to arms is by Deborah Mason who is Assistant Director of Oxford University Language Centre, in charge of English for Academic Studies.

Oxfordshire school children, eleven year old Elizabeth Huang from St Barnabas CE Primary School, Oxford and nine year old Alice Burns from Leafield CE Primary School near Witney were the joint winners of the primary schools poetry competition and sixteen year old Claire Ewbank was the winner of the secondary schools poetry prize. Ellie Matthews, also sixteen an AS- level photography student from Larkmead school won the photography prize.

The competition attracted over 200 entries and the month as a whole involved over 1,000 participants from several sectors of the community.