A love of reading

On Monday the last Senior Literary Society meet took place thanks to Katie Millard (6.2) and the hospitality of David and Naomi Anson. We read in preparation, as a source of comic relief from our impending exams, Jerome K. Jerome’s Three Men in a Boat paired with another text of our choice from the era, some of which (for example Death in Venice) were not as light hearted. What was striking about texts from this time is the sense of boredom and restlessness portrayed by the writers, which suggests that there was an atmosphere in England that craved a big change that came, tragically, with the First World War. The evening was so enjoyable because people come for no other reason than the love of reading, which makes for passionate and interesting discussion.

By Jessica Sankey, 6.2

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Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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