‘All stories and voices are very important,’ Camilla tells young writers
The duchess hosted a reception for winners of The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition at Buckingham Palace.
The Duchess of Cornwall has congratulated winners of The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition at Buckingham Palace.
Camilla told the young writers as she recounted the history of the royal residence: “Well done to all of you. Never mind the past. Meeting you, I rather think the future is in good hands.”
The duchess spoke of how she wanted the competition to reach an ever-wider range of young people next year, adding: “For 2019, we want to hear all young people, regardless of age, education or region.
“All stories and voices are very important.”
The Duchess of Cornwall congratulates @CWEssayComp winners and runners up, Zahra, Ng, Janine and Floria.— Clarence House (@ClarenceHouse) November 22, 2018
The judges selected their essays from almost 12,000 entries which invited young people to share their ideas on the topic of ‘Towards a Common Future’ pic.twitter.com/0caztNU5wD
Camilla was joined at the event, which she hosted on behalf of the Queen, by author and comic actor David Walliams.
Seventeen year-old Zahra Hussain from Pakistan won in the senior category with her piece Hues of Red.
It is described as a heart-breaking portrayal of child marriage and domestic violence in a traditional South Asian community which has an uplifting message of hope for a new generation.
Ng Woon Neng, 16, from Singapore, was the runner-up with her story An Odd Company about the competing concepts of wealth, health, freedom and happiness.
Listen to children's author @davidwalliams read an extract from 'An Odd Company' - an imaginative short story about Wealth, Health, Freedom and Happiness by @CWEssayComp runner up Ng Woon Neng from Singapore.— Clarence House (@ClarenceHouse) November 22, 2018
Read all the 2018 winning entries here → https://t.co/2X9b0tZkVx pic.twitter.com/FzeaKcoQ8i
The junior winner was Janine Shum, 13, from Singapore, with Our Common Word: Two Voices which explores educational inequality through the voices of two 12-year-old girls – one from Afghanistan and one from Singapore.
Runner up was Floria Gu, 13, from Canada, with her poem Inheritance about a dystopian future of environmental devastation.
Some 12,000 young people from across the Commonwealth entered the competition which is the world’s oldest and largest schools international writing contest.
It was founded in 1883 to promote literacy, expression and creativity among young people throughout the Commonwealth.
Camilla launched the 2019 contest during a recent royal tour to Ghana, declaring: “I believe in the power of the written word.”
The theme of the 2018 competition was Towards a Common Future, and the theme of 2019’s is A Connected Commonwealth.