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Secondary Book Week

09 March 2018

Pupils across Primary and Secondary were fortunate to have workshops with Andy Mulligan, professional screen-writer, writer of radio dramas and author of the novel ‘Trash’. Andy also gave a fascinating, entertaining talk to Secondary pupils about his inspiration for ‘Trash’ and his life as a writer.  In the workshops, Andy concentrated on the skills of screen-writing using the animated movie ‘My Life as a Courgette’ as a model. Pupils wrote their own screenplays entitled ‘Problem Child’ with creative and inventive results. Hopefully, we have some budding screen-writers in our midst!

‘The writer’s workshop was a valuable experience because I got the opportunity to have a look into an author’s mind and get to know his inspirations. This was quite revealing and I have learned a lot about the author as well as writing itself.’ Alexandra Keller

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In addition to Andy Mulligan, we were lucky to have a return visit from Helen Wing, a poet, author and writer for the Good Men Project, working with IB and IGCSE classes.  In the workshops, Helen enabled pupils to liberate their creativity in response to music, poetry and their senses, whilst engaged students in poetic expression.

Her work on reader response theories and narrative perspectives inspired our IB students to see Oedipus in a new light, be that from the view point of a jilted lover or a pet dog.  Interesting descriptions of people based on fruits allowed IGCSE students to develop their figurative language and her inspirational music demanded an emotional response.

 

Movie Night  - Screening of ‘Trash’

The screening of ‘Trash’ and the Q and A session with the author, Andy Mulligan, was one of the highlights of Book Week. Many pupils, parents and staff viewed this thought-provoking, critically acclaimed film and the message about corruption and social justice had particular resonance. Andy’s Q and A session was very well received by the audience:

‘Having the opportunity to speak to Mr Mulligan was very interesting, especially after watching a film based on his ideas. It was great to be able to speak to him about how he felt the director had adapted his work and the creative choices they had made’ Jacob Wilcox

 

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