Whether you want to enjoy or analyse the literature of others, or write your own, the English department is proud to offer a range of societies which focus on engaging pupils with wider aspects of English.
Junior Literary Society
This society dives into creative writing, entering local and national competitions. There are also plenty of opportunities for presentations, book discussions and drama games as we explore a range of literature – these sessions are never quiet!
The Writer’s Block
This club offers the opportunity for junior pupils to create and share all forms of writing. In this safe space budding novelists, poets and dramatists can be inspired and develop ideas.
Senior Literary Society
This society aims to offer enrichment to sit alongside the classroom studies of senior pupils. The group is often pupil-led, with individuals or groups presenting on a topic of their choosing. Recent discussion topics have included feminist literature, Chaucer’s poetry and Margaret Atwood’s inspiration – the latter attracted a comment on twitter from the author herself! Pupils are encouraged to develop confidence as critics and to enter essay competitions.
European Literature Society
This society offers pupils the chance to engage with works of literature originally written in languages other than English, whilst exploring the challenges involved in translating literature.
The department also arranges evenings designed to enhance pupils’ appreciation of the context surrounding set texts – recently we have enjoyed ‘Gatsby’ and ‘Streetcar’ themed sessions in which relevant history, texts and aspects of culture were considered. Along with other creative disciplines and the Humanities, we arrange symposiums to help pupils to appreciate cross-curricular links whilst exploring more deeply particular topics and themes – for example, The Medieval World on the Move or Tragedy.
For those hoping to study English at University, a weekly preparation session is offered.
Literary societies are open to anyone, not only those studying English, and we would love to see you there.
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