We’re pleased to announce the 2022 Gower Prize Winners: Dowon Jung and Roland Fischer-Vousden (joint first), and the runner-up, Aidan Robertson.
The Gower Memorial Creative Arts Prize of up to £500 is awarded every three years thanks to a generous benefaction by Mr and Mrs Robert Gower in memory of their daughter, Philippa.
This prize is open to any undergraduate or graduate member of Oriel College for a work in any aspect of the creative arts, other than music. This includes but is not limited to painting and drawing, sculpture, photography, poetry, drama, prose, and artistic performance.
The 2022 Gower Prize Joint- Winners are Dowon Jung (2021, History), who illustrated a series of three books, and Roland Fischer-Vousden (2020, MSt Creative Writing) who wrote two sonnets: The Room after Epilepsy and First Division. The runner-up was Aidan Robertson (2020, PPE), who illustrated an art piece titled ‘Big Headed’.
You can see their winning works below.
Roland wrote the following sonnets;
The Room after Epilepsy
When you were collecting your possessions
making an application to leave –
something naive like a drive to the country
or a walk in the year’s first real sun
or a picnic outside in a churchyard
or coffee with a lid that degrades –
I caught your eye dilate in a mirror,
in the application of mascara.
You make a small noise like gurgling,
painted in a pose of ascension,
then unlearn swimming into the carpet:
thrash, froth, drown the skin of your face to bone.
Lie still now, small person, you cannot go,
my curtains are long and black and drawn.
If the line is held a second longer,
longer still than the attention span,
then make the run and the pass will follow.
But these were fallow years when things got slower,
bad execution of a conceited plan,
shuffling sideways, the play has lost its flow.
Left trying different forms, none of them right,
the run is a word off, the pass tangled
into the knot of the last line well held:
won’t win it back, knowing we lack the fight.
Remembering a time when things came easy,
sprung the defence with a couplet, on the break,
pages of space, skipping fast past, passing breezy,
the option no one saw, the only one you’d take.
‘Two Sonnets’ By Roland Fischer-Vousden (2020, MSt Creative Writing)