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Rendcomb Literary Events

In the run-up to Easter, Rendcomb hosts a variety of literary-themed events to challenge and captivate pupils
Britain’s foremost comic poet, John Hegley, will be visiting...

A termful of literary-themed events will keep Rendcomb’s pupils absorbed and entertained as Easter approaches.

The first of these will be the College’s inaugural Big Book Quiz on Tuesday 3 March, when teams of pupils, parents and staff will join together in the Dulverton Hall for a fun and friendly evening of questions and conviviality. Octavia’s Bookshop will host a stall full of the latest and best-loved titles. Come as your favourite author or character and you may win a prize!

Between Friday 13 February and Friday 6 March, many of Rendcomb’s pupils will participate in the annual Readathon, a sponsored challenge to promote reading for pleasure that supports such good causes as CLIC Sargent, ReadWell and Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity. Last year’s event proved extremely successful and we are hoping that as many students as possible will get involved in 2015.

Friday 6 March will be an especially busy day in for the English Department. Britain’s foremost comic poet, John Hegley, will be visiting Rendcomb to run a workshop for J6, Form 1 and Form 2. The wacky wordsmith is renowned as an entertaining and inspiring performance poet, so these cohorts are in for a real treat – especially if he brings his ukulele! As soon as the workshop has finished, it will be time for the A Level English Literature students to head off for their Literary House Party in the Lake District. Over the weekend, they will handle and explore major manuscripts with the Wordsworth Trust as well as learning about Wordsworth, Ruskin and other significant local writers through a series of excursions and talks. For some, the highlight may well be visiting Beatrix Potter’s Hilltop home whilst for others it will be the chance to read, write and think in such beautiful scenery. The fresh air and fun should certainly stimulate everyone’s cultural awareness and enjoyment of studying English.

On Tuesday 24 March, the A Level students have another chance to extend their learning. A conference exploring Shakespeare’s The Tempest will offer them the opportunity to hear prominent lecturers exploring the play’s meanings and contexts. Engaging with critical perspectives is an important part of the course, so it will be a highly relevant and fascinating day.

As an English Department, we aim to challenge and captivate pupils. These exciting enrichment opportunities will certainly do both these things.

- Nicholas Hopton, Head of English