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Stephen Owen will be adjudicating poetry, prose and drama classes at WCAF this year. Read on to learn a little bit more about him...

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Stephen Owen



Stephen trained as a teacher of Drama, Speech and Movement at Trinity and All Saints’ College, University of Leeds. After qualifying, he then studied for a number of years with Eliner Rutherford, gaining specialist teaching and performance diplomas in all aspects of Speech and Drama Studies.


As well as being responsible for the drama curriculum in the schools where he worked, he also taught pupils of all ages and abilities privately, from complete beginners to Licentiate (RAM) and Fellowship (LCM) level. He became an examiner for The English Speaking Board and The Poetry Society and adjudicated at many Festivals throughout the country. In 1985 he was appointed to the headship of a primary school in Derbyshire, an experience he thoroughly enjoyed for the next twenty-two years. It was during this period that he became a Religious Education inspector for the Roman Catholic diocese of Hallam.


After retiring from school in 2007, he was appointed as an examiner for The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). He also resumed his work as an adjudicator for The British and International Federation of Festivals.

We caught up with Stephen to find out a little more about him:

What are your top tips for preparing for a performance at a festival?

Memorise early on, then work on technique.  Inspiration is 90% perspiration.

Who is your favourite writer/poet?

Thomas Hardy/TSEliot/Shakespeare, because they are all absolutely brilliant in their own particular art form.

What is your advice for dealing with nerves?

Good preparation helps with nerves.

What is your favourite food?

Steak and chips

Where is the most exciting place you have adjudicated?

Hong Kong

Do you have a pet? If so, what is it and what is/are their name(s)?

No pets now, though my daughters' dogs are often at our house.

Tell us a little-known fact about yourself...

I'm crazy about boxer dogs and always have been.

Thanks so much for letting us get to know you a little better, Stephen! 

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