World Book Day

2 March 2017


On World Book Day, Thursday 2 March 2017, author Lucy Christopher came to visit Stowe. She is the author of several teen fiction books, writes adult fiction and teaches at Bath Spa University.

The Fourth Form met her in the Ugland Auditorium where she gave all the Stoics a talk on how she came to be a writer of teen fiction, her PhD in creative writing and her job as a lecturer. Lucy also works at retreats in places around the world where people can work on their creative writing projects and enjoy the surroundings. She talked to the Stoics about setting and how important ideas can come just from thinking about where you are when you start your story.

Lucy set all the Fourth Form a challenge; to write a 500 word opening for a new piece of fiction entirely inspired by setting. This competition will be judged by her later in the Summer term. The closing date is Monday 24 April.

Lucy also took a Creative Writing workshop with selected Lower Sixth English pupils in the Library, again talking about setting, where Stoics had to write their own examples and beginning paragraphs of their writing.

In the evening there was the Literary Quiz involving one member from each year in their House team hosted in the Roxburgh Theatre. We had rounds on general literary knowledge, on themes in categories such as Classic, Romantic, Horror, Sci Fi, adaptations and numbers. Each House had a joker that they could play that would double their points on a round. The audience also had some work to do as there were rounds for them, with the first three answers counting towards the House totals. The overall winners were Temple, Cobham second and Queen’s third.

Lyn Foden, Librarian