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O’Sullivan Reading Competition

On 13 November, boys gathered in the Library for the annual O’Sullivan Reading Competition. Boys from OG to Sixth Form entered with a wide range of prose, poetry and Shakespearean sonnets. Having auditioned in heats for the Competition, the finalists were selected for their interesting choices, creative and intelligent reading and their overall performance.

In the Junior Competition, we heard the brothers Bryan and Cedric read Maya Angelou, Michael Morpurgo, Shakespeare and John Caldwell passionately and fervently, capturing the attention of the onlooking audience. We also heard the usual choices such as Lewis Carroll’s poem ‘Lobster Quadrille’ (which many will know for its chorus “will you, won't you, will you, won't you, will you join the dance?”) and Douglas Adams’ ‘Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ which has been read for several years running without fail!

Yipeng, Raian, Hamish, Natan and Noam recited many interesting poems and proses which captivated the audience and ranged across the likes of Evelyn Waugh, E.N. Nesbitt, W.H. Auden and Edgar Allen Poe; special mentions should go to Josh and Thomas for their superb memorised recitations of sonnets.

The Senior Competition involved Freddie, Isaac, Alex and Mansur. We had Alex’s powerful reading of Sonnet 64 which really gave you a sense the meaning behind it. The audience also enjoyed the fascinating choices of the boys such as Dickens’ ‘Bleak House’ by Freddie, Mansur’s reading of George R.R. Martin and a Chinese immigrants’ story of arriving in Britain, ‘Language’ by Xiaolu Guo read by Isaac.

After a thoroughly enjoyable performance, the boys enjoyed refreshments while the judges of the English Department; Mr Riggs, Mr Hudson, Mr Norman and Mrs Green, painstakingly decided on the winners. After a very tight competition, many congratulations go to Bryan for winning the Junior Reading award, to Isaac for winning the Senior Award and to Alex for winning the Shakespearean sonnet award. Congratulations also go to all the finalists who were involved and many thanks go to the English Department, and especially to Mr Riggs, Mr Hudson, Mr Norman and Mrs Green for their judging, auditioning and for organising the whole competition.

Finalists were selected for their interesting choices, creative and intelligent reading and their overall performance.
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