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Whitley Bay High School
Literature Festival Magazine
2017
welcome to the literature
festival magazine!
This years theme is Inspiring 2017. In this issue, we asked students throughout the
school to share with us their inspirational figures. We also looked at staff and students
most influential books as well as 2017s most awaited publications.
Debate Club has been thinking of the importance of role models and the UN Group tells Debate Club has been thinking of the importance of role models and the UN Group tells
us what inspires them about this organisation.
We are delighted to host our regular feature, A Life in Literature. This years interview
belongs to lifelong lover of literature Mr Clark.
Comic and Manga Club have also created fantastic illustrations on their most beloved
super heroes and some have even made up their own! Check them out on page 17 and 18!
Finally, Creative Writing Club have again produced some outstanding pieces of writing Finally, Creative Writing Club have again produced some outstanding pieces of writing
for you to enjoy.
We hope you enjoy the Literature Festival and this magazine.
Thanks for reading!
The Library Team
whats on?
Read Aloud Workshop
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Poetry Slam
Talent Tuesday
Book from the Dead
Bookshop all week
Comic Book Challenge
*Lisa Williamson
*Alex Scarrow
*Further information available on these artists on page 25 and 26.
*Jacob Polley
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1623 Theatre
Com pany
Sue Miller
Film Workshop
contents
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Students Inspirational Figures page 3
Library Assistant Book Reviews page 7
Staff Book Reviews page 9
2017 Books to Look Forward To page 10
A Life in Literature with Mr Clark page 11
Debate Club: Do We Need Role Models? page 15
Comic and Manga Club Presents ... page 17Comic and Manga Club Presents ... page 17
Creative Writing Group page 19
MUN (Model UN) Group page 23
Featured Artists from the Literature Festival page 25
President Franklin D. Roosevelt by Harry Cook 10CLL
The most inpirational politician? Well, for me, there is no perfect politician and all have their flaws
(some more than others), but the question at hand is not about a perfect politician, but rather the most
inspirational to me. So dont go hunting me down because you disagree with my choice!
Well, an inspirational person is one who has changed my perspective or made me want to do
something. If we are going off that criteria, Roosevelt was pretty awesome.
He rose to power in 1933 and pulled America out of the Depression He rose to power in 1933 and pulled America out of the Depression
by his tactics of The New Deal which was essentially re-employing
the unemployed , housing the homeless and of course, the creation
of the Social Security Act.
He then took America into the fight against fascism and helped
allies in the D-Day landings. He is also known for sparking the
fires of the Cold War.
He is still seen as one of the most important presidents in the He is still seen as one of the most important presidents in the
history of the US (being represented on Mount Rushmore proves
his importance) and is still (arguably) the best Democrat and even
president the US ever had.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt,
commonly known as FDR, was an
American Statesman and political
leader who served as the 32nd
President of the United States from
1933 to his death in 1945.
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Marie-Louise Elizabeth Vigee-Lebrun by Grace Storey 13SMD
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One of the most inspiring artists I have come accross is the French painter Marie-Louise Elizabeth Vigee-
Lebrun or Madame Lebrun as she was most commonly known. She has inspired me not only because of her
incredible painting skills but also because she has, at the time when art when predominantly a male
profession, managed to make a name for herself and created a legacy which still resonates today.
Lebrun was largely self-taught and at the age of 15 she was able to not only support herself but also her
widowed mother and brother through her work.
After her marriage to the art dealer Jean-Baptiste Lebrun, she was
summoned to Versailles where she became the official painter of
Queen Marie-Antoinette who she befriended and of whom she painted
more than 30 stunning portraits.
Lebruns talent didnt go unnoticed and in 1783, she was admitted Lebruns talent didnt go unnoticed and in 1783, she was admitted
where no other woman had been before: the French Academy of
Art. When the French Revolution unfolded, she was forced to flee
the country. Still, in her exile, she managed to win recognition
across Europe where she travelled, painting multiple royal
families.
I choose to write about her because she overcame such adversity I choose to write about her because she overcame such adversity
and her persistence and talent alone makes her the celebrated artist she
so rightly is today.
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Madame Lebrun was a
prominent French painter in the
18th and 19th Century.
She has left a legacy of 660
portraits and 200 landscapes.
Her work can be found at major Her work can be found at major
museums, such as Londons
National Gallery as well as
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Ariana berlin by olivia appleby 11Cij
My inspirational sports star is Ariana Berlin, who came back to the sporting world after a tragic set back. In 2011,
when Ariana was only 14 years old, a speeding car crashed into her and her mothers vehicle. This caused Ariana
multiple injuries: two collapsed lungs, two broken legs, a broken wrist, broken collarbone and cracked ribs. Ariana
was on her way to making a name for herself within gymnastics, however, after the accident doctors told her she
would never be able to compete or take part in her beloved sport again.
But thanks to pure resilience and determination Ariana not only came back fighting but is now one of the UCLAs
most successful gymnasts.
Ariana originally began breakdancing before getting back into Ariana originally began breakdancing before getting back into
gymnastics and it was at one of her dancing performances that Ariana
met Valorie Kondos Field a renowned coach of gymnastics.
With her, she began to train to achieve her life-time ambition of
earning a spot on the UCLA team.
Ariana graduated early and earned a full scholarship with the team,
and is now classed as one of the UCLAs most consistent athletes ever.
Ariana is an inspiration to me because of her perseverance. She was Ariana is an inspiration to me because of her perseverance. She was
truly brave after her accident and, against all odds, she achieved
what she has always wanted. She is a true fighter. To this day Ariana is
still using her gymnastics to score roles in TV and film as a stunt double.
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Ariana Berlin has appeared in
several TV series and movies as
a stunt double. Those include:
NCIS Los Angeles, Shake it up!,
90210 and Make It or Break It.
Her inspirational story has been Her inspirational story has been
adptated in a TV movie named
Full Out: The Ariana Berlin
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Through his poetry, novels, short stories and memoirs, John Burnside has created a remarkable body of
work that explores, above all, what exists on the hinterland of human experience - his work is a
landscape of liminal states and spaces, and moments of quiet revelation.
Burnside explores, from a deep ecological perspective, the relationship between the natural environment,
in its run of musk and terror, its violence and its quietude, and the human world, and is inspiring in his
move towards a green politics of anarchism, a radical reimagining of
the power dynamics between ecology and the human race.
In his extraordinary poems, Burnside evokes with a typically In his extraordinary poems, Burnside evokes with a typically
wondrous style, incidents, encounters and events which are at
first glance deeply quotidian and unremarkable, but upon
inspection reveal a transcendant emotional power. A thread
that also runs in his fiction, poetry and memoirs is a state of
mind which is not quite happiness, but something close to it,
snatched from the everyday.
Burnsides mastery of language and feelings captures the Burnsides mastery of language and feelings captures the
unassuming beauty of everyday things - minors paradises - and lives
which in the end snagged on something else / and bled away.
John Burnside by joe Turner 12ACC
John Burnside is a Scottish
poet, and novelist from Fife.
He has written prolifically in
his life time with 4 poetry
books, 7 novels, 2 collections
of short stories and
3 memoirs published.
And I wake, in the cage of And I wake, in the cage of
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pHILIP gLASS BY jOEL tOFIELD-bROWN 12st
The person who inspires me the most in the field of music is the composer Philip Glass.
Besides the fact that I love his music, to me he is someone who has managed to lead a
healthy and balanced life. At 80 years old he has produced work prolifically without
sacrifice to creativity despite the pace and bustle of modern life.
His simplicity of living and purpose, to spend time with family and work on ones art is
definitely my idea of how old age should be spent.
Also, I strongly think that his music is a very personal Also, I strongly think that his music is a very personal
experience for every listener, who must find their own
path through it.
Did you know?
Philip Glass has collaborated with a wide range of artists; Twyla
Tharp, Allen Ginsberg, Woody Allen and David Bowie. He has
written music for experimental theatre and Academy Award-
winning motion pictures working with Martin Scorsese. winning motion pictures working with Martin Scorsese.
Over 25 years Glass has composed more than twenty operas, ten symphonies,
two piano concertos, soundtracks to films and numerous string quartets.
The style that Glass evolved
was eventually dubbed
minimalism.
Glass himself never liked
the term and preferred to
speak of himself as a
composer of music with
repetitive structures.repetitive structures.
Throughout history, there have been many inspirational men and women, but for me one of the most
inspiring has to be Emmeline Pankhurst. Without her, women may still not be able to vote or take part
in politics in this country. It is a basic human right to be able to voice your opinion and be able to make
a choice when voting.
For those of you who do not know who Emmeline Pankhurst is, she was the leader of the Suffragettes. For those of you who do not know who Emmeline Pankhurst is, she was the leader of the Suffragettes.
The Suffragettes were a group of people, predominantly female, that
fought for womens right to vote in elections, despite the threat of
being arrested and physically injured in the process. This movement
took place in the late-19th and early-20th century in Britain.
Emmeline Pankhurst is inspirational for me, because I know Emmeline Pankhurst is inspirational for me, because I know
that without her leadership I most likely would not have the
right to vote! I strongly believe she was the leader of a
movement which changed British politics forever.
To identify themselves, Suffragettes wore a
purple, white and green rosette which
proclaimed their moto Votes For Women.
In 1999, Time magazine
named Emmeline
Pankhurst as one of the 100
Most Important People of
the 20th Century, stating
that "she shaped an idea of
women for our time; she
shook society into a new shook society into a new
pattern from which there
could be no going back".
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My inspirational person is Cai Lun who was alive in the Chinese dynasty period under the
rule of empror Qin Shi Huangdi. It is said that Cai Lun created one of the simplest and
most well-known inventions of all time. He developed a form of paper that is still used
today. He did this by weaving soaked bamboo fibres together, the same way a knitter
would knit a scarf. After this process was complete, he steamed and heated the fibres for
them to harden and turn solid, allowing the surface of this
material to be written and drawn on.
As there was little ink at the time they used burned sticks As there was little ink at the time they used burned sticks
of charcoal to write on this new paper.
I picked Cai Lun because he created, in my
opinion what must be the most useful invention
ever. Without it, we would most possibily still be
stuck in the past!
Cai Lun was born in China in 50 AD and died in 121 Cai Lun was born in China in 50 AD and died in 121
AD.
Cai Lun By Matthew Vince 9RAB
Growing up, I practically lived in the theatre as well as non-stop devoting my life to watching
musicals. One actress I would choose whitout hesitation as my inspiration to do theatre is none
other than Julie Andrews. As well as gaining major roles in theatre shows such as My Fair Lady,
The Boy Friend, Victor/Victoria and Camelot, she has also been very much involved in the world
of famous films such as Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music. I remember reciting The Hills
are Alive from waking up in the morning until I went to sleep at night!
Unfortunately, after developing vocal-nodules, Andrews was forced to have throat surgery, Unfortunately, after developing vocal-nodules, Andrews was forced to have throat surgery,
inevitably destroying her 4 octave vocal talent. She was completely distraught
and had to even seek counselling. However, this did not stop her!
Andrews told People magazine that What I say in the [The Sound of Andrews told People magazine that What I say in the [The Sound of
Music] is true: a door closes and a window opens. She added
that if she had not lost her voice, I would never have
written this number of books. I would never have
discovered that pleasure.
Seeing the courage and resilience of such an iconic Seeing the courage and resilience of such an iconic
theatre figure is the reason why I am truly in love with the
stage. Julie Andrews taught me that there truly is a silver
lining to every cloud and to never stop trying to achieve
your dream.
Cai Lun took inspiration
from papyrus the first form
of paper invented in
Ancient Egypt.
However, he was able to
invent a new process of
making paper which
revolutionised how we revolutionised how we
produce it today.
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Dame Julie Andrews is an
English actor, singer, author,
theatre director and dancer.
She has won many awards
including, an Academy Award, including, an Academy Award,
a BAFTA, 5 Golden Globes, 3
Grammys, 2 Emmys, and the
Screen Actors Guild Lifetime
Achievement Award.
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In this story Lilys mum goes off for a week without her and the kids, and it is
therefore Lilys responsibility to look after her 2 sisters and her naughty, cheeky
brother, until her mum comes back
This book is full of suspense and craziness and you are easily drawn in. I think it is
full of adventures, and it is very exciting compared to other books I have read.
You would enjoy this if you like adventurous books that are family related.
I gave this book 4 stars out of 5
Abidah Khanum 9RABAbidah Khanum 9RAB
Jennifer Niven
Its Harrys third year and someone wants him dead. (Again like seriously what is wrong
with this kid?!) A prisoner has escaped and Hermione has a cat.
For me this is the best book in the series even though Ron annoys me in it! I find its full
of awkward early teen thoughts. I think everyone should read it! This book IS LIFE!
I gave this book 5 stars out of 5 (obviously)
Esme Towns 9ASJ
I am reading this book series at the moment. The book is full of action and plot twists
which entertain the reader from the very start. The characters are really engaging. June
and Days journey through the book is gripping. There are 3 books in the series and I am
planning to read them all!
The book is similar to The Hunger Games series so I would recommend to it to a reader
who enjoyed those books.
Jess OConnor 9SMPJess OConnor 9SMP
The story of a girl who learns to live from a boy who wants to die. Violet Markey is struggling to
move on after the death of her sister. This soon changes when she meets Theodore Finch on top of
the bell tower of their school. As you read the book you see their unusual relationship blossom.
I found this book very relatable. You could understand how the characters felt. I enjoyed the
writing style as each chapter is from a different characters point of view keeping it interesting and
gripping.
I gave this book 4 and a half stars out of 5
Yasmin Dykes 9CESYasmin Dykes 9CES
(See below for more information on Jennifer Niven)
Jacob is peculiar. When he travels to find the source of his
grandfathers death, he is thrown head first into a new world
of magic.
I think this book is perfect for Harry Potter fans. It is I think this book is perfect for Harry Potter fans. It is
filled with twists and turns and humour. It
is extremely gripping making it a page
turner. I found the characters original
and very relatable which fuelled the
great story line.
I gave this book 5 stars out of 5
James Watson 9AKHJames Watson 9AKH
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ennifer Niven is an American
writer of both fiction and non-
fiction and she has written for
both teenagers and adults.
Her first book for young adult
readers, All the Bright Places,
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Library Assistant Book Reviews
This book tells the story of aliens who are trying to wipe out the human race using
different waves of attack. It is a very fast paced book and I found it compelling and
interesting. The writing style is interesting as it switches between the characters who are
narrating throughout.
I think it is similar to Maze Runner and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys
reading adventure stories.
I gave this book 5 stars out of 5I gave this book 5 stars out of 5
Thea Holmes 9NRA
This book is based around Ezio the Assassins adventures in Italy, getting revenge on the
people (Templars) who murdered his family.
The book is very like the game and I enjoyed the fact that the characters all had a back
story and felt real.
I would recommend this book to all teenagers.
I gave the book 5 stars out of 5
Katy Chow 9JAM
The story follows Harrys son Albus, going through
school and the struggles he faces.
I thought the plot was great and I liked
the characters. Also the writing style is
different as it was the first screenplay that
I have read.
I would recommend that everyone read this!
I gave this book 5 stars out of 5I gave this book 5 stars out of 5
Neve Apedaile 9CLB
This book is about a group of kids who are trying to avoid getting eaten by the enemy and are
forced to go on lots of adventures. You become very attached to the characters and the style of
writing keeps you interested as you are constantly jumping between different scenes and locations.
I really enjoyed it because I have never read anything like it. You will enjoy it if you like mystery
and adventure.
I gave this book 5 stars out of 5
Leonie Aldridge 9LPW
(See below for more information on Charlie Higson).(See below for more information on Charlie Higson).
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Girl Missing is an amazing book; I am really enjoying reading it. Its an unpredictable
book, full of mystery and surprises. I love reading mystery books and thrillers as they
keep you hooked while you read and you forget the outside world. This book definitely
does this and I strongly recommend it, especially if you are a fan of mysteries and action!
Rachael Stephenson 9JMT
A group of teenagers make a company called GenNext where they plan to interview
celebrities. As the company quickly grows and offers are coming round every corner,
Jack has to learn to balance everything.
The plot is very well planned and grips you. The characters are lovable and you feel
sympathy for them.
The book is written in a colloquial style with a first person voice which I liked.
I gave this book 5 stars out of 5
Jess Eberhardt 9JJIJess Eberhardt 9JJI
Charlie Higson is an English
actor, comedian, author, and
former singer. He has also
written and produced for
television. He wrote and
performed on the BBC sketch
show The Fast Show
His most famous books series His most famous books series
are The Enemy and Young
Bond.
Charlie Higson
Staff Book Reviews
A book that inspires me is called 'Letters of Note' and is a really interesting compilation you can
easily dip in and out of. It is made up of a diverse range of letters from different people from political
figures, to musicians, to actors, previous monarchs to the Queen. From an English Language
perspective, it is fascinating to see the stylistic choices and the language of letters. Without my
language hat on, I just love to read anything that is surprising and where you finish feeling that you
have learnt something.
Mrs Lillie
Stephen Ambrose's book Band of Brothers tells the story of WW2 from D-Day until the end of the war
through the eyewitness accounts of a single company of soldiers from the American 101st Airborne
Division - although their experiences reflect those of soldiers from all allied armies. Like all the best
histories it uses the personal to make the larger scale issues real to the reader. The book is a vivid
reminder of the sacrifices made and hardships endured by ordinary men to ensure the freedom and
democracy under which we live today. It inspires me because I feel the need to honour those men by
ensuring that the ideals they fought and died for endure.
Mr RuleMr Rule
My inspirational book would have to be The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Le Scaphandre et le
Papillon). I read it as a sixth form French student and fell in love with its inspirational true story. It is
a memoir by journalist Jean-Dominique Bauby who suffered a stroke leaving him with locked-in
syndrome where he was unable to move his body but was mentally aware of everything. The truly
inspirational thing about this book was that it was written entirely by the author only blinking his left
eye. It took over 10 months to write, writing for 4 hours each day. Not only is it an inspirational story
of learning to adapt to new challenges, but the actually writing of the book shows the effects of of learning to adapt to new challenges, but the actually writing of the book shows the effects of
determination and perseverance.
Ms Britland
I absolutely LOVE fantasy fiction. In fact, if someone says they do not like fantasy, I
always feel a little sorry for them!
One of my favourites is The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. It is full of the usual
adventure, magic, good versus evil. I feel the book is extremely well written.
As Einstein says, The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.
Ms Gibson
The book that inspired me was Animal Farm.
Through this I learned about metaphor and
allegory which enabled me to see that writers are
using their worlds to shine a light on our own.
It inspired me on an intellectual level, but as
someone politically conscious it taught me about
how naive absolute belief can be.
Mr BellMr Bell
Frankl, a prominent psychiatrist, chronicles his experiences in the Auschwitz concentration camp during World War
2. He analyses how he and his camp mates dealt with the heinous circumstances they were placed in. His curious
mind and psychology background led him to consider how when stripped of all basic physical needs humans can
find an inner strength for survival and meaning.
Frankls book is not sad or disheartening; he talks with real insight into the human mind and displays such hope
and optimism.
This book is used to inspire and instil confidence in those experiencing difficult times. Aside from my psychological This book is used to inspire and instil confidence in those experiencing difficult times. Aside from my psychological
interest in this topic, Frankl inspired me to take a step back and appreciate life, even when situations are tough.
Ms Hutchinson
George Orwell
Eric Arthur Blair better known by the
pen name George Orwell, was an
English novelist, essayist, journalist,
and critic.
He is widely known for his visionary He is widely known for his visionary
writing such as 1984 and Animal
Farm. As a result the term Orwellian
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2017 Books
to look forward to
The loooong wait is finally over!
Philip Pullmans Book of Dust will be
published later this year!
YAY!
Sir Allen Lane was one of the
British publishers who founded
Penguin Books.
In 1935 the first Penguin books In 1935 the first Penguin books
were published, realising his
vision to make quality books
available to all at low prices. The
books cost sixpence and are
colour-coded: orange for fiction,
blue for biography and green
for crime.for crime.
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what was your favourite book or poem from childhood?
If I remember correctly it was The Hill of the Red Fox which I read when I was 9 or 10 when I was at
primary school. I think it was by a man called Allan Campbell McLean. I liked it so much I made my
teacher do it as a class book, so everyone in my primary school class had to read this book, whether
they liked it or not! The funny thing is it was set on the Isle of Skye and I did not really know where
that was at the time, but now it has become one of my favourite holiday
destinations by complete coincidence. I think there must be some sort of destinations by complete coincidence. I think there must be some sort of
metaphor there....The Hill of the Red Fox was the first book I remember
really LOVING and having not been told to read by an adult.
A Life in Literature With Mr Clark
This year for our regular feature, A Life in Literature, five
wonderful students - Chloe-Jane Summerson (9JAM), Max
Earnshaw (10LM), Adie Sibbald (11DJL), Erin Carlson
(12SJB) and Harriet Todd (13STM) have spent some time
with Mr Clark talking about the special place books and
reading hold in his heart as well as interesting insights
about his inspirational figures.
what genre of book do you like reading best? do you enjoy more fiction
or non-fiction?
I had a conversation about this with a close friend about 10 years ago. I was probably feeling a little
arrogant and superior and I was saying things like oh I only read literary fiction, thats all I read, and arrogant and superior and I was saying things like oh I only read literary fiction, thats all I read, and
he said why dont you read non-fiction? and I couldnt think of a good reason why not. So ever since
then I have tried to alternate more between reading fiction and non-fiction. Surpisingly, I am finding I
am really enjoying reading non-fiction. As a general rule, I need to feel as if I am reading something
worth reading, not just passing time. I tend not to follow any genres regarding fiction but with non-
fiction I enjoy reading travel books or biographies. The biography I am reading at the moment is about
Jonathan Swift, author ofGullivers Travels. It is quite a lengthy book. Its taking a while to
get through!
as an english teacher, which book do you think should be taught in school
that currently isnt?
For a while at A Level you werent able to study on a literature course any literature in translation. I suppose its not English
literature, but it seemed to be a bit ridiculous. I believe it is a good idea to open up
peoples minds by looking at literature and poems from other cultures as well as written
by other genders. I also think everyone should study Shakespeare and students
studying English at A Level should be introduced to some of the great studying English at A Level should be introduced to some of the great
writers, like Dickens. For lower school, I think it is about finding
books that students will be challenged by but also enjoy. But, I
wouldnt say there is a book that SHOULD be taught in school.
Although, I was pleased when The Child in Time by Ian McEwan
was added to A Levels a few years ago. I thought that was a brilliant
novel, one of my favourites.
Charles Dickens was an English
writer. He created some of the
world's best-known fictional
characters and is regarded by
many as the greatest novelist of
the Victorian era.
His most famous novels include His most famous novels include
A Christmas Carol, Oliver Twist
and Great Expectations.
Charles Dickens
is there one book that you always wanted to read but never got round
to reading?
There was, and possibly still is. A few years ago, we had a conversation in the English department There was, and possibly still is. A few years ago, we had a conversation in the English department
where we tried to be honest with each other and admit to books that we should have read and never
have done. It was slightly embarrassing and this prompted me to go and read Middlemarch by George
Eliot because it is a very long book. Then a couple of years ago, I read another book that I felt I really
ought to which was War and Peace. I felt I must read this book, and I am glad I did because they made
a TV series out of it and I might never have read it once the adapation was aired.
I have had Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy sitting on my bookshelf since I read War and Peace and I I have had Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy sitting on my bookshelf since I read War and Peace and I
havent quite had the courage to open it yet. At some point, I will read that as well... in English I
must point out!
like on desert island discs, you get a copy of the bible and the
complete works of shakespeare. but if you were stranded on a
desert island, which other book would you take with you and why?
This is obviously a completely impossible question to answer. I always resist having a favou-
rite in anything, But this isnt about a favourite is it? Its about a book that I am going to have
on the island to keep me company.
In which case I am going to pick a very long novel which is Bleak House by Charles Dickens.
It is a book that would always be in my top 10.
It is a fantastic novel! There was an adaptation that was done brilliantly on the TV. It is such a
rich novel. It is very much like the TV series The Wire which I think is the modern day
version of Bleak House up to a point. The book has a huge range of characters from the top of version of Bleak House up to a point. The book has a huge range of characters from the top of
the society down to the bottom and shows how everything is inter-mingled. It is a cracking
good story, the best detective fiction and it is by Dickens! He really knew how to write. I would
take this book as I would have loads of friends (in the characters in the novel), even though
some of them die and I know what happens in the end. The problem is that I am not keen on
getting sand in it though!
if you could have lunch with 3 famous figures (alive or dead) that
inspired you throughout your life, who would that be?
I have no idea! This is a really hard question. I think this would change on a daily basis. I would probably take a
famous writer, Billy Shakespeare obviously! I think he would be quite fun. You couldnt possibly
have a nice lunch if it was single gender so I would take Maya Angelou as I would
love to just listen to her voice. She was a fabulous woman. I would also like to
take the singer Elvis Costello, because he and I have been together a long time, take the singer Elvis Costello, because he and I have been together a long time,
he just does not know it! He is someone who is contemporary and would know
a bit about literature and possibly is on my wavelength. His songs are
full of word play and puns. He is quite a literary figure in
some ways.
I think we would talk about language and the power of
language. I can imagine us all sitting in a beer garden in
Stratford, with the sun shining and a ploughmans lunch and a Stratford, with the sun shining and a ploughmans lunch and a
nice pint. Lots of wit and repartee and perhaps I could have a
pun off with Shakespeare!
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civil rights activist. She published
seven autobiographies, three
books of essays, several books of
poetry, and was credited with a
list of plays, movies, and TV.
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Movement and worked with
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its said that books are always better than the movie adaption of it.
can you give us and example where this is not true?
Bleak House as a TV series was fantastic! I enjoyed it a lot as it was very true to the book. I think you Bleak House as a TV series was fantastic! I enjoyed it a lot as it was very true to the book. I think you
can do books justice in TV, but a film of an hour and a half or two hours, doesnt necessarily allow you
to do that. Film is different. If you have a very visual novel, perhaps sci-fi then they could work better.
People say to use your imagination with a book, but I can see how the visual in a film can bring it to
life. Generally speaking I would say books are better. Although, there in a case I can think of where
the film was better than the novel and that was The Beach by Alex Garland. I much preferred the film
to the book. The book got a bit dull in places. Writers like the sound of their own to the book. The book got a bit dull in places. Writers like the sound of their own
voice. If you are a really good screen writer you can take the best bits
of the book and leave out all the wish-wash, but obviously if it is a
really good novel it wont have much wish-wash. And thats why
its hard to turn a really good novel into a film.
do you have a favourite spot/place to read in?
This is an interesting question. No, not really. I am envious of some friends of ours who have a library
in their home, I could see myself retiring to the library!
If I am reading for work I tend to be on the sofa and if I am reading for pleasure I tend to be in bed.
Although I have to say I do quite like reading on the beach these days. I am not too bothered about
getting sand in the book, as long as I dont damage the spine of the book. I am a little obsessive about
not damaging the outer spine of a book. Also, during half term in February I was re-reading texts for not damaging the outer spine of a book. Also, during half term in February I was re-reading texts for
Year 13 revision and I rather enjoyed curling up in one of my armchairs with a cup of coffee, it was
quite snug. Snugness is important.
So the beach in the summer and the armchair inside in
the winter are my answers!
William
Shakespeare
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