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As is tradition, our Sixth Form English Literature girls held their termly meeting, this time organised by English Representative, Beatrix (LVI - Year 12). A plethora of riches, the first part was a lecture and questions with Director of Wigtown Literary Festival, Adrian Turpin, in our beautiful library.

Adrian firstly spoke about the misconception that English as a subject has limited application in the real world, discussing his work as a journalist for The Independent, The Sunday Times and The Guardian, amongst others.

Next, he discussed how book festivals do all sorts of things you might not expect, and bring all sorts of real-world benefits: economic, social, civic, educational and so on. It was a fascinating insight into the world of literary festivals, and we hatched an idea to launch a St Mary's Calne Literary Festival in the not-too-distant future!

Then back to Florence Dyas house for part two of the evening, where we ate Chinese takeaway and listened to a variety of poetry, including a rip-roaring performance of John Dunne's Elegy 8. Issy and Isla played the two roles of the poem with style and panache, creating much hilarity. Other poems included DH Lawrence's The Piano, Phillip Larkin's This Be The Verse and Keats La Belle Dame Sans Merci.

It was a wonderful night! Many thanks to all involved.