In September, the Library hosted a showcase with award-winning author, Marcus Sedgwick.

Marcus came to talk to our Fourth Formers about creativity, fiction-writing and the gothic, in the very apt setting of Dean Close Chapel.

Our pupils, along with visitors from our neighbouring schools, were given a wonderfully interactive insight into what it is like to be a writer, the writing cycle, and how local history and culture holds great ideas and legends that can inspire the creative process.

A book signing and supper followed in the Flecker Library: the culmination of the Library’s celebration of the Gothic in art, literature and film. Crawling ivy, spluttering (electric) candles, Victorian apparel, and a macabre collection of student artwork on display, created just the right level of appropriately disquieting atmosphere while students chatted with Marcus about writing short stories and novels.

There are copies of Marcus’ latest title, Ghosts of Heaven, as well as some of his earlier work, in the Library ready to be borrowed over the Christmas holidays.