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First Line Competition Submissions

Story added 16th May 2018

Russell Aldersson won a prize in City Lit's 'First Line Competition'

In April 2018, the Student Centre here at City Lit held a unique competition to celebrate World Book Night. The 'First Line Competition' involved both students and staff submitting an entry form stating their favourite first line from a novel, poem or play and providing an explanation as to why that line stands out for them.


We are delighted to announce the winners...


Student Competition Submissions


Maxine Young - "The past is a foreign country, they do things differently there."- 'The Go-Between' by L.P. Hartley



Carl Gustav Backland - "It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen” '1984' by George Orwell

Geraldine McCormick - “I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree, And a small cabin build there …” 'The Lake Isle of Innisfree' by W.B.Yeats

Mike Perrot - “If music be the food of love, play on.” 'Twelfth Night' by Shakespeare 

Liz Zass - “I write this sitting in the sink.” 'I Capture the Castle' by Dodie Smith 

Winsome Thomas - “When I am an old woman I shall wear purple” 'When I am an Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple' by Jenny Joseph 

Carl Gustav Backland - “Left Munich at 8.35pm on 1st May, arriving at Vienna early next morning; should have arrived at 6.46, but train was an hour late.” 'Dracula' by Bram Stoker

Staff Competition Submissions


Russell Aldersson - "You had better not never tell nobody but God." - 'The Colour Purple' by Alice Walker



Anna Leggett - “This book was born as I was hungry” - 'Life of Pi' by Yann Martel

Gabriel Kemco - “People are afraid to merge on freeways in Los Angeles.” - 'Less Than Zero' by Bret Easton Ellis

Clare Abbott - “Once there were four children whose names were Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy.” -'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe' by C.S.Lewis

Litza Jansz - “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” - 'Pride and Prejudice' by Jane Austen

Clare Abbott - “When the east wind blows up the Helford river the shining waters become troubled and disturbed, and little waves beat angrily upon the sandy shores.” -'Frenchman’s Creek' by Daphne Du Maurier


Thank you to everyone that took part and a big well done to Maxine and Russell! We hope you enjoy your City Lit vouchers.


Please keep an eye on our social media platforms for any future competitions organised by our Student Centre.