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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.

Lecture from Liberty

Shami Chakrabarti-2

By Naomi Morris Omori

This article also appeared in the Gloucestershire Echo on Monday 3rd December, 2012.

Liberty is perhaps one of the most well-recognised human rights pressure groups in the world and CLC was fortunate enough to have Shami Chakrabarti, CBE, President of the charity, to talk to the girls and other students from local schools.

Lord Flight Spoke to the Economists of CLC

By T. D. Irdina

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

On the 9th of October, CLC was honoured to welcome Lord Howard Flight, who gave a stimulating speech on both the future of the UK’s economy, his views on politics, and how the government is running the country.

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’.

The Life and Work of Cezanne


By Ellie Clarke

During the transition from Impressionism to post-Impressionism, there is no doubt that Cezanne was a critical figure. Alex Danchev, who recently delivered an insightful lecture at the Cheltenham Literature Festival, considers the legacy of an artist who was ahead of his time in his new biography, ‘Cezanne: A life.’

Talks & Lectures: Chinese Ancestral Worship


By Niamh Hanrahan

On 6th October, 2012, the first of the Principal’s Lectures took place at CLC on the subject of Chinese Ancestral Worship. Our speaker was Professor Hugh Baker, who is Emeritus Professor of Chinese at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He has published books on the Chinese family, Hong Kong’s history and culture, and the Cantonese and Mandarin languages.

The Women of Downton

Downton Abbey

By Freya Granger

Downton Abbey, one of the most highly acclaimed period dramas on TV, showed its popularity in Cheltenham last month. The Cheltenham Literature Festival’s event, ‘Women of Downton’, welcomed the author Jessica Fellowes, actresses Lesley Nicols (Mrs. Patmore) and Phyllis Logan (Mrs. Hughes), the costume designer Caroline McGall and series producer Liz Turbridge, who shared behind-the-scenes secrets which were greatly relished by the audience.

Wild Swans: Still Flying

By Isabella Crane

The Remarkable Human Story of 20th Century China

With so many new book titles available every week, it’s becoming increasingly uncommon to find a book that can withstand the test of time. Wild Swans, the critically acclaimed novel by Jung Chang is a story that truly transcends time, and race.

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