The ability to read and search for the deeper meaning within a text is a skill that is transferable across the curriculum. To write you have to read, and to really read you have to think, criticise, doubt, analyse, debate and interpret. Reading allows us to think about how words, sentences, characters and plots reveal who we are as people.
The written word can be used to persuade, to express emotion, or simply for enjoyment. Literature not only serves as a way to enrich our minds, it is a chance to enlighten a person and gives us a chance to broaden our horizons and perspectives. All literature shares the common theme of the idea, ideas which explore, probe, inquire and inspire; literature can teach us about the past, the present and even the future.
What has been happening in the department recently?
We strive to engender a love of reading and writing in and outside our classrooms. Our students have had great success in a number of writing competitions through Young Writers. We also have a number of published authors and poets, whose work has been included in The Poetry Games, Wonderland and Grave Beginnings anthologies.
Each year we also work closely with the library to run Readathon and celebrate World Book Day in as creative a way as possible.