The Godolphin and Latymer School Hosts Festival 2012

Writers and broadcasters discuss An Uncertain Future in February

Francine Stock

The Godolphin and Latymer School

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Writers and broadcasters will give talks on subjects as diverse as parenting, the US elections, cinema, the monarchy and P.G Wodehouse during the Godolphin and Latymer Festival, which takes place over five days in February.

Now in its third year, the Godolphin and Latymer Festival 2012 has attracted these speakers:

Francine Stock, pictured here, writer, critic and broadcaster; Dr Agnes Nairn, researcher, writer, consultant and speaker who investigates issues related to marketing, ethics and children; Robert McCrum, associate Editor of the Observer and author of six novels; Robert Hardman, who has written ‘a portrait of our Queen today’ for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012; and Matt Frei, the Channel 4’s Washington correspondent.

Under the theme An Uncertain Future, these assembled experts take a cold eyed look at the world, and consider what sort of future we are bequeathing to our children.

The Festival is chaired by Godolphin’s Head of English, Julian Bell, who says: " Last year’s Festival was a huge success, raising thousands of pounds for the Bursary Fund and entertaining and inspiring hundreds of people. I am looking forward to another enlightening Festival in 2012."

The evening lectures are preceded by workshops for local Year 5 pupils from Brackenbury Primary School. The workshops will be devised and lead by Sixth Form girls at Godolphin and Latymer who serve as the Festival Interns and promise to be interactive and fun.

The programme is as follows:

Monday 6th February, 7pm in The Bishop Centre
Francine Stock - In Glorious Technicolor
Film is a communal dream, in which our fears and fantasies are revealed, often to
startling effect. Despite decades of rapid change, we are still hypnotised and seduced by the power of cinema; it remains our most persuasive mass entertainment and makes our world. But what does it tell us about our world?

Tuesday 7th February, 7pm in The Bishop Centre
Dr Agnes Nairn - “Everyone thinks you’re awesome if you’ve got a Ferrari!”
Dr Agnes Nairn is a researcher, writer, consultant and speaker who investigates
issues related to marketing, ethics and children. Her book Consumer Kids: How Big Business is grooming our children for profit exposes just how our our kids are targeted as consumers and why it matters for us all. She will be radically challenging some of the entrenched assumptions we make about how our children should be brought up.

Wednesday 8th February, 7pm in The Bishop Centre
Robert McCrum - Wodehouse: A Life
Wodehouse’s characters continue to amuse and delight readers around the world, but what was the man who created them really like? Was he a loveable but bumbling Bertie Wooster, or a shrewd and sharp-eyed Jeeves?

Thursday 9th February, 7pm in The Bishop Centre
Robert Hardman - Our Queen

Robert Hardman's new book Our Queen marks the Queen's Diamond Jubilee on February 6, 2012. Rather than a conventional biography, Hardman has opted for “a portrait of our Queen today’’
which includes interviews with three Prime Ministers, four Foreign Secretaries, staff from every section of the Royal Household - and Prince William. He knows his subject intimately and has used his enviable access to produce a richly detailed and thoughful account.

Friday 10th February, 7pm in The Bishop Centre
Matt Frei - America Decides
As Channel 4’s Washington correspondent since 2002, Matt Frei has covered
some of the biggest stories of the last decade: the build- up to the Iraq War, Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath and the election of the first-ever African-American president. As the USA gears up for the 2012 presidential election, there is no one better place to take the pulse of the most powerful nation on earth.

All events will be open to members of the school, the local community and wider public. This event is aimed at raising funds for the Godolphin and Latymer School Bursary Fund, supporting girls who would not otherwise be able to benefit from the education Godolphin and Latymer has to offer. All net profits will be directed towards this cause.

Entry to each of these events costs £10 per person and can be bought through the booking form on the school's website; by emailing or by contacting the school’s Development Office.


January 25, 2012