By: Leo Goldsmith, Head of English.
Upper Sixth English Society
The second Upper Sixth English society lunch explored issues of class and opportunity in the 1950s and 60s.
After a civilised lunch and a short talk by Mr Goldsmith which touched on some of the reasons for the emergence of a greater diversity of voices in British literature in the 1950s and 60s, Y13 English Literature pupils worked in pairs to come up with a synopsis for their own ‘1960s style’ lost literary masterpiece. They were given some creative writing stimulus sheets which used dice to generate possible plotlines and character archetypes – and the best pair’s outline will be judged in lessons on Friday.
On Tue 5th November, Upper Sixth students travelled to London for the annual English and Media Centre A Level Conference.
The day was excellent – from a wonderfully erudite session by modern gothic novelist Andrew Michael Hurley on the importance of setting in literature to a rousing 30 minute (at times comic) precis of ‘The Iliad’, each session really challenged and extended. The Conference’s varied nature – including a panel discussion with two active poets – is key to its success and our students were particularly wowed by Raymond Antrobus’s wit and political message.