l to r: Will Allott, Hannah Sanderson, Alfred Mitchell and Krem Todorova
It has been a long time for many of those at Shrewsbury, since we were read a story. But this morning staff and students from the Drama Department did just that. During morning break, staff and students gathered in the Moser Library to listen to poems and stories about love.
Each reading represented a different aspect of love. Levin’s desperate love for Kitty in Anna Karenina showed romantic, sentimental love – “she was the smile that brightened everything around”; Lily’s loyalty to Conor in Patrick Ness’s wonderful A monster calls demonstrated the power and importance of platonic love; Charlie’s misplaced love for his friend comically portrayed the confusion of teenage love in the young adult novel Perks of being a wallflower and we felt the pain of Theo’s unrequited love in Donna Tartt’s bestseller The goldfinch – “the thought of her gave me such continual anguish that I could no more forget her than an aching tooth”.
The prose passages were interspersed with fabulous poems from e.e. cummings, Carol Ann Duffy and Wendy Cope. Each reading was delivered brilliantly – with real personality and emotion.
All the readings were taken from books available to borrow in the Library. The event was one of a series of initiatives designed to celebrate books and reading and to introduce students to the wonderful titles available in the Moser Library. More read-aloud events are planned for next term.