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Lit Fest 2019

Last week the secondary library was transformed into our very first literary festival venue in which students, accessorised with limited edition wristbands, took part in a range of activities all with the aim to promote and celebrate reading.

The week kicked off with our artist in residence for the day, international manga author Sonia Leong, firstly sharing with all students in assembly and delivering workshops to selected groups.

1Throughout the week we had various workshops offered by the English, Drama and History departments as well as film adaptation screenings and teachers reading their favourite books to students in the library at lunchtimes. A highlight was ‘Blind Date with a Book’, where our student librarians selected library books, fiction as well as non fiction in a range of languages, wrapped them in brown paper and hinted at their contents with key words and sentences. Students then selected a book to read and all widened their reading horizons by trying a book they had not considered before!  

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Thursday 7th March was World Book Day. The fancy dress efforts were fantastic and it was wonderful to see both students and staff getting involved this annual celebration of all things literary. It was incredibly hard to choose a “best dressed” from all the fabulous costumes, however this year’s winners are Peggy Mimnagh and River Martin dressed as Rayla and Ganai from ‘Dragon Prince’ as well as Nikita Orri Soh and Owain Hollo in outfits inspired by ‘The Great Gatsby’. For staff, the “best dressed” department was awarded to MFL although special mention must go to Mr Zimmer as Gandalf, Mrs Wafer as Maleficent and Mrs Humphrey as Offred from ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’.

The week was rounded off with our the long awaited House Literary Quiz won by the Saxons and our very own Great Literary Bake Off which raised funds for the Nepal Book Reach charity and was won by Jim Joe Gillies for his take on an Of Mice and Men inspired carrot cake!

1Winners of the World Book Day dress up and Bake off should see Ms Gatland in the library to claim their prizes.

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