Battle of the Books:Dystopia
Cheltenham Literature Festival 2019 - Battle of the Books:Dystopia
To celebrate 70 years of George Orwell’s 1984 25 schools in Gloucestershire took part last year in the “Battle of the Books” reading challenge. Wyedean was one of the lucky 7 schools chosen to take part in a dystopian debate at the Cheltenham Festival on Wednesday 9th October. Our speaker Ella Ramshaw 9E took to the stage with author Lisa Heathfield and 6 other students to battle it out for the best dystopian novel of all time.
Our chosen book was “The Giver” by Lois Lowry and Ella pulled no punches in convincing the audience of its timeless merit. She related the book’s themes to several issues in our modern society including the Chinese two child policy and dangerous war policies of certain world leaders. She then faced questions from th audience and judging panel , amongst whom were Jake Hope, Chair of the Youth Libraries group and CILIP Carnegie working group, and the Times Art editor Alex O’Connell.
The judges were extremely impressed by the exceptionally high standard of public speaking and author Lisa Heathfield commented that the future is in very safe hands judging by what she had heard from the students in their speeches. Huge congratulations to Ella for representing Wyedean and for her outstanding performance in the Battle of the Books. Well done also to Maya Hall and Mathilde Launay who coached and supported Ella, and to Miss Anderson and the English department for a really successful project which we look forward to getting involved with again next year.