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Students thanked for their support of Richmond’s Walking and Book Festival

03 November 2021  |  Jill Lundberg  |  Posted in: ,

The organisers of Richmond’s Walking and Book Festival have shown their appreciation by donating books to our Year 11 students who supported them with the promotion of the events. Eight Media students, Henry, Jack, Leo, Millie, Seth, Tally, Maciej and Molly, created stunning posters which were used to advertise the programme talks in the Festival and have been given Horrible History books. Eleni, Sophia and Annabel wrote fantastic blogs about three of the events, Horrible Histories, Simon Armitage and Baroness Hale, and received signed copies of Laura Wood’s ‘A snowfall of silver’.

Many of our students have enjoyed taking part in Festival events, including our Year 11 History students who were privileged to listen to Henri Ward, the Historical Producer of Horrible Histories, who came into school to talk to the students about his work on the popular TV show. Thanks to funding from NYCC, 20 Year 12 A-level students were invited to the Georgian Theatre to hear Henri in conversation with Philip Wicks. The NYCC funding also enabled a further 10 Year 11 and Year 13 English Literature students to listen to author Laura Wood talk about her novel, ‘A Snowfall of Silver.”

Rebecca Weston, Lead Teacher for English, said: ‘It has been wonderful to be able to support the Richmond Walking and Book Festival this year. Our students have been given the opportunity to write for real audiences, sharing their reviews via the festival’s social media platforms. They have had to think about tone and style and how to communicate their views in an engaging way – all excellent preparation for a career in journalism.

“Attending Laura Wood’s talk about the process of researching and writing historical fiction has also inspired the students. A coming of age romance set in the 1930s, ‘A Snowfall of Silver’ follows the story of aspiring actress Freya Trevelyan. Laura Wood took inspiration from Richmond’s Georgian Theatre, describing it as a ‘something out of a fairy-tale.’ It is great for the students to see how their town and local environment can act as a creative stimulus.”

Our students have really enjoyed supporting the Festival and are looking forward to being involved in 2022.

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