Lecture from Author Shelley Harris

On Thursday 14 January a local author, Shelley Harris, visited the school to talk about the process of creativity and her two novels, Jubilee and Vigilante. Girls from the UVI, LVI, UV and LV were visibly enthused by her animated presentation which encouraged them to harness their writing talents. The LV were particularly pleased to hear that one of their set GCSE texts, Mansfield Park, had been hugely influential when Ms Harris was writing her debut novel and the audience considered the vital role of the observer in any narrative, in Austen's case, Fanny Price. We were also intrigued to hear about the lengths to which Victor Hugo would go to ensure he was disciplined about his writing!

As ever with a presentation at Wycombe Abbey, the discussion at the end of the talk was lively and stimulating, Ms Harris commenting that she had thoroughly enjoyed meeting the girls and responding to their challenging questions. We are sure that this event will lead to even more creative outpourings by our girls and look forward to reading the next novel by this talented writer.

Mrs S Mason

Teacher of English