Acclaimed Author Visits Stamford Endowed Schools
The award winning author Marcus Sedgwick came to the Stamford Endowed Schools on 26th November. His visit began with a talk to the Y9 at Stamford School, focusing on his novel “The Foreshadowing”. Set during WWI, the story includes details of conditions in the trenches, and the students were fascinated by the level of research conducted by the author and photos of his visits to battle sites. Marcus’ thought provoking presentation encouraged the students to consider the influence of fate in our lives, and those of the characters in the book – are our lives predetermined, or do we have free will?
In the afternoon Marcus entertained Y9 girls in the Ancaster studio at Stamford High School. Before reading from his chilling gothic horror story “My Swordhand Is Singing”, he gave a brief history of vampires as portrayed in fable and film – mention of Edward Cullen from “Twilight” guaranteed the girls’ rapt attention! Marcus described how he had disregarded the commonly held myths associated with vampires in order to write a more original (and consequently more frightening) tale. Reassuringly, when asked why he had chosen such a disturbing theme for his book he replied, “Because it was such great fun!”
After school, Marcus chatted with members of the SES book groups in the library, over tea and (lots of) cake. Staff and students were keen to have books signed and ask questions. One student impressed Marcus by posing a question he had never heard before – well done Joseph Begley, in Y9 at Stamford School!