Alan then led writing workshops for each year group. Year 7 wrote some brilliant science fiction story openings, Year 9 wrote horror stories set in Bratislava and Year 8 wrote openings to some graphic adventure stories. Alan was using the principle of show don’t tell to make writing more interesting.
Year 11 also enjoyed their writing workshop with Alan:
“A very intelligent man with many interesting ideas. He makes his characters brilliantly real, observing even their slightest features.’ Oleg
‘It was a very interesting session. Mr Gibbons was very energetic and humorous. The way he taught us to write stories and explore characters was very inspiring’. Anjie
YEAR 12 interviw with Leila Abdelrazaq
As an IB diploma graduate, graphic novelist Leila Abdelrazaq understands the TOK course and conducted a skype interview with Year 12 to discuss aspects of language and visual perception, media bias and controversy. The Year 12s were thoroughly engaged and asked interesting questions about symbolism, the nature of bias and publishing.
Leila Abdelrazaq, author of Baddawi, is a Chicago-based Palestinian artist and organizer. She recently graduated from DePaul University where she double majored in Theatre Arts and Arabic Studies. When not drawing comics, studying Arabic, or working with SJP, Leila enjoys carpentry, painting, breaking things, and making a mess.
Her major publication, Baddawi, is the story of a young boy named Ahmad struggling to find his place in the world. Raised in a refugee camp called Baddawi in northern Lebanon, Ahmad is just one of the thousands of Palestinians who fled their homeland after the war in 1948 established the state of Israel. In this graphic novel, Leila Abdelrazaq explores her father’s childhood in the 1960s and '70s from a boy's eye view as he witnesses the world crumbling around him and attempts to carry on, forging his own path in the midst of terrible uncertainty.