Celebrating the Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition Winners with special guests Geri Horner, Alexandra Burke andAyesha Dharker

Start the new year with a special podcast episode recorded from the Blue Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace. In this episode Gyles and Aphra Brandreth meet the young winners from across the Commonwealth of the Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition. With special guest appearances from three of the ambassadors of the Royal Commonwealth Society: Geri Horner, Alexandra Burke and Ayesha Dharker.

In this episode the young competition winners share poems they wrote in 60 seconds! And we hear the winning poems: Catalina by Madeleine Wood, Junior Winner, aged 14 From Australia; and Nursing Homes by Amaal Fawzi, Senior Runner-up aged 17 from UK

The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition

Since 1883, the Royal Commonwealth Society have delivered The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition, the world’s oldest international schools’ writing competition. This year they received a record-breaking 26,322 entries from every region of the Commonwealth! The theme for entries this year was ‘Our Commonwealth’.

In this episode hear from the winner of the 2022 competition, Sawooly Li from New Zealand, Madeleine Wood from Australia, Amaal Fawzi from the United Kingdom and Maulika Pandey from India. As well as some of the young winners from 2021 and 2020 Ethan Charles Mufuma , Eleni Bazikamwe and Aditya Choudhury.

Read their winning entries and find out more about them:



Photos are credited to the Royal Commonwealth Society

Young Winners

Gyles Brandreth