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Music & Arts | Posted 23.05.2014

The Stonyhurst Literature Festival

The Stonyhurst Literature Festival 2014 ended on the evening of Saturday March 29th with a dazzling trot through the history (and the future!) of English spelling, from Professor David Crystal in the Top Ref.

Most of the audience then stayed on to watch a stunning adaptation of “The Monkey’s Paw” in the Academy room, devised by our A-level Drama students.

The entire two-day LitFest event was a huge success, seeing full audiences for all talks and, in some cases, people having to be turned away. The College was absorbed in a truly eclectic mix of topics, from Harry Potter to Gerard Manley Hopkins, with a sprinkling of poetry and tabloid journalism thrown in. Given the evident popularity of Stonyhurst’s second literature festival, this could be the start of a new tradition and we hope it will be instrumental in maintaining the vibrant good health of English and The Arts at Stonyhurst.

Speakers:
Martin Richardson: Love and Death in Harry Potter
Sheena Wilkinson: Reading and writing saved my life
Alan Gibbons: A rough guide to being a writer; Gothic for beginners
R.C. Mulcahy: author of “One from Two” (an eye-witness account of the 9/11 attacks)
Catherine Robinson: Creating and publishing a novel
Samantha Leach: From Hogwarts to Hobbiton – a musical journey
Michael Leach: Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle and Citizenship
George Goodwin: Fatal Rivalry – Henry VIII and James IV – Flodden 1513
Lance Pierson: Gerard Manley Hopkins’ Stonyhurst Poems
Charles Yates: My life as a journalist
Marilyn Heward Mills: author of “Cloth Girl”
Rowan Somerville: author of “The End of Sleep”
David Crystal: Spell it out: the singular story of English spelling