The winners of 2017’s Keats-Shelley Young Romantics and Senior Prizes were announced by the Prize Chair, Baroness Floella Benjamin, at the Royal Society of Antiquaries on 24th May.
The evening was introduced by Rt Hon Matt Hancock, MP, Minister for Culture and Digital Culture, and ended with a reading by Sir Bob Geldof of two sonnets by John Keats, On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer and To One Who Has Long Been in City Pent.
The winner of 2017’s Young Romantics Essay Prize is Daniel L. Shailer with Guilt in Coleridge’s Rime of the Ancient Mariner (£700). Daniel is 17 and currently studying in London. He was born in Hong Kong and lived in Singapore and Switzerland before moving to the UK.
The runners-up are Ella Nowicki, On Nature and Ruins, and Isabella Welch with her essay on On Romantic Death.
The winner of 2017’s Young Romantics Poetry Prize is Tallulah Lefkowitz with The Step of Two (£1000). Tallulah is 16 years old and lives in Northern California. She spends her time dancing, writing and studying. Her ambition is to earn a degree in political science and work in public policy.
Second Prize Saskia Gardam with Tea for Two (£500). Saskia lives in West Sussex and is studying English Literature, Theology, Biology and Latin for A Level. She is preparing to enrol at Cambridge to read English this year. Her special interests lie in Renaissance Literature.