Every year, each First Former has a particular Friday that they look forward to: the Junior Literary Festival. This year was no exception, with the impressive line-up of authors including Steve Cole, Ciaran Murtagh, Nikki Sheehan, Karl Nova, Kieran Ekeledo, Jamie Thomson aka ‘The Dark Lord’ and Stephen Davies.
Prior to the interactive sessions with authors, the boys took time to set an appropriate tone for their exciting day, with a performance known as ‘roll call’. In this celebration, each set performed a unique 20-second dance to a selected clip of music. The boys did not disappoint, with performances ranging from a choreographed accompaniment and Mr Edward’s acapella rendition of ‘We Will Rock You’, to a fierce declaration by Mr Wilson and 7F, in the form of a concerto. However, Mr Prestney’s 7C took the cake with a robust arrangement of ‘Eye of the Tiger’. A special commendation goes to set 7D, for demonstrating the best assembly etiquette throughout the day.
The Festival had something for everyone: Steve Cole’s stand-up comedy, Ciaran Murtagh’s tips on Mr Bean cinematography, Kieran Ekeledo’s practical advice on both book creation and money management, Nikki Sheehan’s creative stimulus for poetry, Stephen Davies’s infusion of history into fiction, Jamie Thomson’s ruthless voice coaching on how to speak like a Dark Lord, and last but not least, Karl Nova’s Spoken Word Workshop and enthusiastic Grand Finale Concert!
Many of the authors’ books can be seen around the School and the boys are still abuzz with inspiration from the day. Upper First Former, Bakari Leon, echoed the feeling of many boys when he enthused, “I never want this day to end”; thankfully, it hasn’t, as the boys have taken the ethos of the Festival into their day-to-day curricular and co-curricular activities at Whitgift.
This article was a collaborative effort by the First Form English Society and Mrs Glanz. They look forward to you experiencing more of their literary works this year and for years to come.