Speakers included the academics Dr Simon Avery, Reader in Modern Literature and Culture at the University of Westminster, and Nick Hutchison, the renowned Shakespearean director. The undoubted highlight of the day though was an address by the Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy (pictured), who read from her famous collection The World’s Wife and answered questions on the theme of the day, ‘Love Through the Ages’, from the assembled students.
Lydia Ellwand, Year 13, said: “It was truly inspiring to hear poems we had studied read aloud by the person who wrote them,” while Hudson Greig especially enjoyed the talk on Shakespeare, saying that “Nick Hutchison’s enthusiasm for Shakespeare was infectious.”
Other events the English Department has organised this term include a trip to see a filmed version of the Broadway hit Of Mice and Men, a visit to Shakespeare’s birthplace, and a creative writing masterclass with local writer Margaret Coles.
Pic credit: Michael J Woods