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Sixth Form Literature trip to London

On Friday 10th November, fourteen Year 13 English Literature students and three Year 12s travelled with Mrs Murphy and Ms Parry-Paxton to London's Imperial College for a series of lectures and an author's talk.

The students departed Liverpool Lime Street station before 8am for the smooth, comfortable journey to Euston. Arriving promptly at 10am, they navigated two tube rides to South Kensington arriving a few hundred metres from their destination.

Imperial College's Great Hall accommodated a sizeable number of students who enjoyed the exam marking and setting experience and public speaking skills of a chief examiner Mr Jon Rich. The second speaker, Mr Mario Petrucci, a former Poet in Residence at the Imperial War Museum, explored poetry written pre WW1 and then poetry shaped by the influences of war. A popular lecture, The Soldier's Experience, was delivered by Mr Taff Gillingham. Having become obsessed by WW1 as a youngster, he has become an adviser for film and television productions where WW1 details need to be correct. His approach for the lecture surprised and challenged us all: he focused on remembering and celebrating the majority of soldiers who survived the 1914-18 conflict, understanding what their experiences entailed.

The highlight of the event was the talk given by the author of the A Level exam text "Regeneration", Pat Barker CBE, and the subsequent interview. She shared her thoughts on the real life characters,  Siegfried Sassoon, Wilfred Owen and Dr Rivers, and the fictional ones she created for this anti- war novel that focuses on the pioneering work in treatment for shell shock at Edinburgh's Craiglockhart Hospital. The sixth formers took advantage of Pat Barker's presence to chat to her and have their own copies of the novel signed by the author.

Being able to secure seats on an earlier than expected train from Euston meant the party arrived back in Liverpool for 7.15pm. A gallant number of the boys returned to the College to work with the other helpers at Friday Club while the rest of us headed home after a fruitful trip to London. It was a genuine privilege to spend the day with such a fantastic set of sixth formers who were great ambassadors for the College and their families. 

Mrs J. Murphy
Head of English