The Cranmer Awards are a national public speaking competition organised by the Prayer Book Society. There are two streams, one open to youngsters aged 11-14 (on Feb 1st) and the other for older teenagers aged 15-18 (on Feb 1st). The competition seeks to introduce young people to the language and culture of the Book of Common Prayer (1662), a text which is foundational for the English speaking world.
Entrants read or recite a passage of their choice, 3-5 minutes in duration. Local heats are held around the country, and the winners of the heats go through to the National Final where competitors must recite their chosen passage by heart. Entrants are encouraged to ask a teacher or a priest for guidance on how to prepare for the Cranmer Awards. Ideally suited to students of English, drama or RE, the Cranmer Awards allow young people to experience the sheer magic of Cranmer’s language. Teachers find the Awards a useful adjunct to studies, and students can relate to the Awards in their coursework and examinations. Each school/ college/ church may enter several young people in each category (Senior and Junior).
Please note that the 2020 Eisteddfod has been postponed until 18 – 20 November 2021 due to the Coronavirus.
To learn more please visit www.pbs-salisbury.org.uk and follow the links to the Cranmer Awards where information about the Salisbury Heats and copies of the Competition Rules are available to download.
To enter, competitors may use the Eisteddfod Solo Performance Classes paper entry form or enter online using our Music, Speech and Drama Entries page. These will be available from mid-March 2021.
Entry is free.