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  • 10 February 2020

A 2nd visit from Emma Carroll, Patron of Reading

Our Patron of Reading, Emma Carroll, visited yesterday for the second time. Since her last visit in September, ‘The Somerset Tsunami’ has…

Our Patron of Reading, Emma Carroll, visited yesterday for the second time.

Since her last visit in September, ‘The Somerset Tsunami’ has been published and Emma spoke to Forms 1, 2 and 3 about how actual historical events inspired her to write this story set in 1607in the reign of King James I, which involves an actual tsunami in Somerset and a witch trial.  The pupils were fascinated to learn about the things that could cause you to be accused of being a witch; in one session there was only one boy who didn’t qualify! 

For the Upper School sessions, Emma gave a talk entitled ‘The Gothic Influence’ which focused on her fascination with Mary Shelley and her book ‘Frankenstein’.  5+, who have been studying Edgar Allan Poe’s writing with Mrs Awwad, had a writing workshop with Emma looking at the atmosphere surrounding a gothic story including weather, setting, times of day and characters’ emotions and will carry on with this in their lessons. 

Alison Fenton, librarian, says, ‘It was a busy day but an enjoyable insight into the life of an author’.

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