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Michael Grant and Charlie Higson: Cheltenham Literature Festival Review

Charlie Higson (L) and Michael Grant (R)

By Daphne Armstrong

Imagine a world filled with maggot-infested zombies, mutant powered children and ravenous creatures. Sounds a bit far fetched? Well, not for the infamous Michael Grant, author of the thrilling “Gone” series and Charlie Higson, creator of “The Enemy”, who gave a talk in the PAC as part of the Cheltenham Literature Festival on Sunday 5th October. Discussing everything from violence in literature to tips for your own writing, it was an event not to be missed by fantasy-horror fans across the board!

CLC’s Ironwoman: Mrs Wilkinson

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Following her success at the Ironman World Championships last year in which she came 13th in her age group, Mrs Wilkinson tells Charlotte Jiang about the strict training she endured and her plans for this year.

(As seen in Pegasus Pages, March 2014)

Principal’s Lecture Series: Professor Lisa Jardine

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By Niamh Hanrahan

Professor Lisa Jardine CBE is an internationally renowned scholar and, fittingly for College’s 160th anniversary Principal’s lecture, an ex CLC girl. Currently Professor of Renaissance Studies at UCL, Professor Jardine also directs their postdoctoral Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in the Humanities. She balances these responsibilities with her role as Chair of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority. Professor Jardine founded The Centre for Editing Lives and Letters in 2002, which develops archive-based research projects of relevance to the period 1500-1800 and writes and reviews for many major national newspapers and magazines, regularly appearing on arts, history and current affairs programmes for television and radio. She is a regular writer and presenter of ‘A Point of View’ on Sundays on BBC Radio Four.

Three Men on a Sofa

Three Men on a Sofa

By Sasha Kirienko

As seen in Pegasus Pages (December 2013) and the Gloucestershire Echo (29th January, 2014).

The long awaited clash between a philosopher, a scientist, and an historian took place on a Thursday evening on the 21st November, as organised by the Philosophy Society. Personally, I was very intrigued by the posters up around  College, inviting girls to come and witness “Three Men on a Sofa” debating some of the world’s most difficult and puzzling questions. On the sofa (quite literally), there were three “men” – or rather, two men, namely Mr Stacey and Mr Hoole, and a brave woman who took up the challenging task of opposing two humanities teachers, Mrs Dowdall.

Jung Chang Inspires at Cheltenham Literature Festival

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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.

Lord Adonis’ Talk to Politics Students

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By Niamh Hanrahan

College welcomed Lord Adonis on 5th October, 2013, just before his engagement at the Cheltenham Literature Festival, to give a talk on many aspects of politics in Britain today. As a previous Secretary of State for Transport and someone who has worked in journalism at both The Financial Times and The Observer, it was fascinating to hear his view on current political issues, especially for those currently studying A level Politics.

The Times Debate at the Cheltenham Literature Festival

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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.

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.

Talks & Lectures: Jesse Norman MP Visits CLC

As seen in Pegasus Pages (March 2013) and the Gloucestershire Echo, 13th April, 2013.

By Niamh Hanrahan

On Friday 1st March, the Conservative MP for Hereford and South Herefordshire, Jesse Norman, came to College to give a talk on the Big Society and New Conservatism. Jesse Norman is part of the Treasury Select Committee and Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Employee Ownership – a rising star within the Conservative Party, and a possible future Prime Minister.

The UK and the European Union – Doomed to Divorce?

Mr Crawford - Principal's Lecture

By Sasha Kirienko

The first Principal’s Lecture of 2013 took place in the PH on 19th January. Mr Charles Crawford, who has been an Ambassador three times for the UK, treated all UC5s and SFCs to a lecture entitled: ‘The UK and the European Union ­– Doomed to Divorce?’ From a man who has had an extensive career at the Foreign Office, and who is now a communications consultant, the highly entertaining lecture was stimulating and thought-provoking. Earlier that week, David Cameron had cancelled his speech on how he sees Britain in the EU. His address on Wednesday, 23rd January promised us a referendum upon the matter, if the Conservatives win the next election, and as a result, the EU has never been more topical in Britain than it is now.

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