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World Book Day 2019 fills a week at City!

Posted on 20.03.2019

To celebrate World Book Day, our Year 12 Literacy Leaders organised a series of week-long events. Students had the opportunity to take part in the Robust Reading postcard challenge; a book themed Treasure Hunt and also have a date with a mystery book.

On Friday 8 March, the week ended with a visit from teen horror writer, William Hussey. He delivered an assembly to Year 7 and 8 where he explained how he went about researching his books and highlighted the importance of research. The students were actively involved in re-enacting a witchcraft trial and were read an extract of William’s book that had both teachers and students jumping in their seats!

Selected students from Year 9 and 10 took part in workshops where they learned about the history of Gothic fiction and the themes that feature in classic horror stories. They also found out about a range of Gothic texts and explored the historical, cultural and scientific aspects of horror writing.

“The workshop made me realise that I have more general knowledge than I thought and it inspired me to research the history of different genres, especially horror.” (Bethany, Year 9)

The year 7’s and 8’s were particularly excited about getting William’s autograph in the library and William said at the end of the sessions that our students were “engaged and brilliantly behaved.”