Hullah Poetry Prize

Congratulations to all the entrants and winners in this year’s Hullah Poetry Prize.

Awarded for the second year in July 2016, the Dr. Paul Hullah Poetry Prize is open to RGS pupils in the fourth and fifth form. The prize is sponsored by Paul Hullah, Old Riponian and Professor Professor of British Literature and Culture, Meiji Gakuin University, Japan.

He had this to say on this year’s entries, which were in any style or form and inspired by David Bowie songs this year!

“Making a decision tormented me. There were so many worthy entries, and at least three brilliant pieces. I would like therefore (if possible) to make a special ‘VERY Highly Commended’ award as well as Winner and Highly Commended, in order to make it apparent that Katherine Dale was SO close, closer than the others, the clear runner up.

I would give a huge prize and endless encouragement to ALL those who wrote poems this year. It is such a wonderful thing, and fills me with genuine joy.”

WINNER: Izzy Bremner, 'Vincent' Click here to read

VERY HIGHLY COMMENDED: Katherine Dale, 'Changes'


Finn Athinson, 'David Bowie Inspired Haikus'
Molly Hammatt, ‘Veteran'

Joel Ho, 'Where Are We Now?'
George Hurry, 'This Is Not America'
Natasha Lovel, 'Changes'
Isla Lumsden, 'Station To Station'
Tom Mewes, 'David Bowie Inspired Poem'
Emily Reed, ‘Bowie'

Entries will be open in January for the 2017 prize, with details to follow from the English department.