Category Archives: Arts & Literature

Jung Chang Inspires at Cheltenham Literature Festival

Jung Chang cheltenham ladies' college

By Charlotte Jiang

Having written her bestselling book ‘Wild Swans’ many years ago, and then having released her second paper publication on a biography of Mao a few years ago, Jung Chang’s success with words has prompted her to write her third book, titled ‘Empress Dowager Cixi’. This book tells the story of China’s most fearless Empress, and became the main subject of Jung Chang’s talk at the Cheltenham Literature Festival. Interviewed by Nick Higham, Jung Chang spoke of her new book and the inspiration behind this.

The Times Debate at the Cheltenham Literature Festival

Chelt Lit Fest

By Alexandra Kirienko

The Times Debate took place on Saturday, 5th October in, appropriately, the Times Forum. As an event in one of the largest venues of the festival, it attracted a diverse audience since the topic chosen for the debate was very far-reaching and controversial: ‘Britain Great or Small? What Does the Future Hold?’ One can easily imagine the scope for discussion that could be triggered by this not-so-rhetorical question. Indeed, Douglas Alexander (the Shadow Foreign Secretary), Tim Montgomerie (Comment Editor for The Times), Maggie Aderin-Pocock (space scientist) and Jonathan Miller (opera and theatre director) found much to discuss.

Whiffs of Farewell and Fresh Paint in the Art Department

Mr Ellis

By Naomi Morris Omori

As seen in the Gloucestershire Echo (21.06.13) and in Pegasus Pages (June 2013).

Earlier this month, Jonathan Ellis, the Head of Art at the Cheltenham Ladies’ College, held an exhibition open to girls, members of staff, and the public at the Parabola Arts Centre, displaying the work which he produced during his sabbatical term. This summer term is his last before moving on to St. Paul’s Girls’ School.

Our Obsession with Vampires


As seen in Pegasus Pages, March 2013.

By Isabella Crane

Even if you aren’t completely Vampire-obsessed, if you’re a teenage girl I can pretty much guarantee you’ve read or watched at least one book/TV show somehow connected to the un-dead.

Talks & Lectures: Lavinia Singer Gives Workshop to Nurture Creative Writing Talent


 As seen in the Gloucestershire Echo on Saturday, 13th April, 2013.

By Blossom Cheng

On Tuesday, 29th of January, Lavinia Singer, hosted a Creative Writing Club workshop as an alumna of the Cheltenham Ladies’ College, poet, winner of the Newdigate Prize for poetry, and editor of the Oxford Poetry Magazine. She helped budding writers become more aware about the different ways they could start or develop their poetry.

Anthony Horowitz: Icon of Children’s Literature

Antarctica - inspiration for 'Oblivion'

By Helen Spalding

As seen in Pegasus Pages (December 2012).

An iconic figure in children’s fiction, Anthony Horowitz was interviewed in the Sky Arts Tent as part of the Cheltenham Literature Festival. Shy at first, he became more confident and at ease on stage when his love for writing claimed him and he took the opportunity to share his thoughts and inspiration behind his books.

The author of the legendary Alex Rider series and the new Power of 5 series spoke passionately about his newest piece of work, Oblivion, the final book in this latest collection of novels. He described to the eager crowd his unique writing process, his experiences in writing, and some of the deeper messages behind his works.

‘Gone with the Wind’ – The Film Disappointed

gone with the wind

By Isabella Crane

As seen in Pegasus Pages (December 2012).

When I first picked up Gone With The Wind, I’m not exactly sure what I was expecting. But whatever it was, it definitely wasn’t that it would be a book that would make me sit up, locked in my room, until four o’clock in the morning because I physically couldn’t put it down. The belles, balls, and beauty of the South had me completely hooked, and when I finally finished the last page, several sleepless nights later, the book had affected me so profoundly that I was honestly surprised that the Earth was still revolving.

You can imagine my reaction, then, when I heard of the movie, filmed in 1939. Ten Academy Awards, earned more than any other film previously in history, Vivien Leigh, Clark Gable, the classic film of the 1930s, blah, blah, blah. It’s bound to be good, right?


Controversy in Art or the Art of Controversy?

How Ya Like Me Now - Hammonds

By Ellie Clarke

As seen in Pegasus Pages (December 2012).

Much of the art that, in the past, has sparked outrage has been a product of the artist’s interpretation of an outrageous period of history. For David Hammons in 1988, his work was a response to the Civil Rights Movement. Having received a commission from the Washington Project of the Arts to create a piece of work appropriate for their exhibition on black culture and modernism, Hammons took a central figure of the movement, Jesse Jackson, and manipulated his billboard painting to feature Jackson as white, blond-haired, blue-eyed, and juxtaposed with the rap slogan ‘How Ya Like Me Now?’ by iconic eighties rapper, Kool Moe Dee.

A. C. Grayling Visits CLC: ‘Knowledge, truth, and scepticism’

A. C. Grayling

By Isabella Sheridan

This article also appeared in the Gloucestershire Echo on Monday, 3rd December.

Girls in the upper college and sixth form of The Cheltenham Ladies’ College had the opportunity to attend a talk by the outstanding philosopher and founder of the New College of the Humanities, A. C. Grayling. This was a fantastic opportunity for girls to hear a renowned thinker and philosopher talk to them on the issue of ‘Knowledge, truth, and scepticism’.

A Week of Words: Saturday Finale, Finally


By Becky Todd

The ‘A Week of Words’ series comes to an end and Becky rounds off what has been an enlightening journey for us all. Bathe in the knowledge that you know more about etymology, perhaps one of the world’s most useful and up-and-coming fields of study, than you did previously.


“How can I rejoice that Exeat that has come at last? I don’t want a lie-in and a prep-less evening!” –No-one, ever.

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