The tremendous artistic, creative, dramatic and musical talent of our boys was clear to see in this year’s Detweiler Competition held on Friday 24 February 2017. 

This year’s theme was ‘Identity’, which was interpreted and produced in many exciting and inspiring forms by the boys.  For the first time the competition was extended to encompass not only Art, Creative Writing and Music but also Drama.

Art Winners

Our thanks go to this year’s chief judge, antiques expert and ‘Flog It’ star, OB David Fletcher (58-69) and fellow judge, artist Peter Moore, a friend of Alan Detweiler, for taking on the difficult task of selecting the winners from the fantastic artwork submitted by the boys.

1st Prize 2D Felix Mallalieu, Fifth Form 
1st Prize 3D Jim Hu, Upper Sixth
Highly Commended

Jack Jordan, Remove Form
Tomi Fashola, Fifth Form
Benson Chan, Fifth Form
Jack Murphy, Lower Sixth
Dylan Cox, Upper Sixth


Creative Writing 

Senior Winner: 

Edward Lamb 

"Arguing Against Aristotle: Identity Within Tragedy"

This is a thoughtful, analytical and well-expressed consideration of identity as a theme found across tragic literature.  It suggests scholarliness and a facility with multi-disciplinary study which goes above and beyond the confines of the curriculum.

Senior Runner-Up: 

Logan Jones

"This England"

The descriptive opening and use of suggestion to create a strong sense of character and experience impressed the judges.  There are some powerful literary touches and an appropriate sense that identity is a topic which provokes more questions than glib answers.  

Junior Winner:

Jamie Williams 

"Another Round Please, Joe"

This is a lively, well-written character study.  There is deft employment of both figurative and descriptive language, as well as a cleverly-crafted voice.  The piece does not take itself too seriously but encourages readers to appreciate the bartender’s sense of identity by some subtle means.

Junior Runner-Up: 

Emmanuel Adayemi 

"Me And My Brain"

This ambitious piece shows wisdom and honesty.  Magical realism, characterisation and manipulation of the reader’s emotions are all handled very well.  The quality of expression is first-class.



Remove Form Winner:

Jamie Williams – Monologue


Sixth Form Winner:

Harry Beard – Monologue

"I Am"

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1st Place:

Flik Feng


The Music winner was Flik Feng with a song entitled 'Loner'. Flik sang his song which addressed ideas of deep and irreconcilable loneliness, 

2nd Place:

Archie Young

"Who Am I?"


Joseph Young
Gerald Hargreave Mawson


About the Detweiler Competition

The Detweiler Art prize is named after Dr Alan Detweiler, the Canadian composer and friend of former Director of Art Rob Campbell.  Alan was an enthusiastic and passionate supporter of both education and the Arts in general. Until his death a few years ago, he always made the trip to Bedford and helped judge the prizes which he generously provided.


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