Writer in Residence: Elaine Proctor

We have been joined this week by our Writer in Residence, Elaine Proctor. Elaine is a novelist and a screen writer. She was born in South Africa and grew up highly politicized during the Anti-Apartheid movement. She began to document Black resistance to Apartheid in overtly political documentary films. Elaine went on to train in film and her work includes notable pieces such as ‘On The Wire’. She has recently published her second novel ‘The Savage Hour’ and her first novel, ‘Rhumba’ was shortlisted for the Anobii first book award in 2012. Elaine has had a very busy week meeting with our 6.1 English students and offering creative writing advice. She also ran a fantastic workshop on Tuesday evening; students have found her presence this week invaluable and we in the English department have certainly enjoyed her stimulating company. Hopefully we can invite her back to Bedales in the future.

By David Anson, Head of English


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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