12 October 2020
Olivia, an Upper Sixth pupil at St George’s, Ascot in Berkshire, has won Best Character in the Historical Association’s Write Your Own Historical Fiction competition in the Fifth Year to Upper Sixth category.
Olivia chose to write her piece, ‘Because of Me’, about the Newport Uprising of the Chartists in 1839. Olivia had researched the Chartist movement for her Extended Project Qualification and, when she heard about the creative writing competition, was keen to explore this period of history from a different angle. ‘I have always really loved story writing’ she explains and, having studied this period of history in detail, saw a window of opportunity for some creative license in the mystery surrounding the Newport Uprising of 1839. The question of who tipped off the 45th Regiment such that they were ready and waiting for the gathering Chartists in Newport has always been a matter of historical uncertainty and so provided an intriguing focus for her superb imaginative writing.
The competition received over one thousand entries and Olivia should, therefore, be incredibly proud of her achievement.