The College celebrated World Book Day 2017 with a series of fantastic events organised by the Upper School Percival Library. Book enthusiasts from across the School gathered in the Library and the Redgrave Theatre to participate in the activities throughout the week.
A flipping fantastic time was had in the Percival Library on Pancake Day, 28th February, with Clifton College’s first annual Literary Pancake Race. Morning break saw the Percival filled with students eager to represent their houses, along with lots of keen spectators who came to support their friends and eat a pancake or two while they watched.
Two students raced against each other, flipping their pancakes as they pancake-power-walked down the library, with progress hindered by literary questions. The race continued in twos until all participating Houses had competed. The winner was presented with a healthy portion of pancakes.
What better way to celebrate books and promote reading for pleasure than a free book giveaway? We celebrated World Book Day a day early by handing out copies of Island by critically acclaimed author David Almond and Dead of Night by author of the Gone series Michael Grant. The books were snapped up by eager readers as they queued for lunch. The books were specially written and published to celebrate twenty years of World Book Day.
Non Pratt author visit
We were delighted to welcome special guest author Non Pratt to Clifton as part of our World Book Day celebrations. Non, who was described by the Guardian as “a YA writer to watch”, has written three novels: Trouble, Remix and Unboxed. Her writing offers a refreshing take on the complexities of teen life and is often told using dual narration.
Non gave two thought-provoking and highly entertaining talks on gender and popular culture, the first to Year 9 and the second to classes from Years 10 and 11. The talks began with a reading from Non’s debut novel, Trouble. She gave an overview of her career and novels to date before focusing on the representation of gender in popular culture. The talk then looked at the ways in which our stories are told and addressed the issue of diversity in Hollywood film.
The talks finished with Q&A sessions that covered everything from pink sparkly shoes to how much of a say editors have in changing authors’ stories. The pupils and teachers were really engaged by the talks. A pupil in Year 9 described Non as “so interesting and energetic” and praised the unique and positive message at the heart of the talks.
Post-it Pitch Competition
As our guest author used to be a commissioning editor, we set pupils the task of creating a pitch for the next big YA novel. They were challenged to write a succinct summary of their novel idea by fitting their pitch onto a post-it. Non Pratt had a tough job of choosing a winner, but finally settled on a dream story and a mystery about a rich girl quarantined in the slums. The winners received a book of their choice and everyone else got a chocolate bunny.
World Book Day Quiz Staff vs Students
The eagerly anticipated 5th Annual World Book Day Literature Quiz was hosted by our special guest author Non Pratt. After a gruelling qualifier, the final was populated by the finest literary minds in Clifton. Reigning champions the South South took on Hallward’s House and the teachers’ team. The contestants all impressed our guest quiz master with literary knowledge ranging from Horace Walpole to Winnie-the-Pooh. At the gong, the South Town were crowned quizzing champions with a two point lead over the teachers’ team.