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New magazine showcases exceptional literary potential


A new literary magazine packed full of brilliant articles from pupils and staff in the English department has been developed.

‘Like, Literary’ has 60 pages of a range of genres from high level academic criticism to film reviews, theatre reviews to contemporary comment and, of course, creative writing.

The magazine, which features pieces from pupils from a variety of years, was edited by students in the Sixth Form who attended meetings, made the final selections, edited and composed section introductions and demonstrated their excellent editing and leadership qualities.

Literary criticism articles included a piece on if we should “judge past literature by our present moral standards” and an examination of Alfred Tennyson’s ‘The Lady of Shallot’, whilst book reviews looked at dystopian series such as ‘The Hunger Games’ and ‘Divergent’.

‘Ambush’, ‘The Worst Highwayman’ and ‘The Masked Figure’ are the titles of some of the creative writing pieces and theatre, film and TV shows including ‘Chicago’, ‘Macbeth’, ‘Little Women’, ‘Interstellar’ and ‘Elementary’ get reviewed.

The Life and Culture section concludes the magazine with pieces tackling a wide range of issues.

English Teacher Mrs Helen Roberts said: “The concept for this magazine emanated from a deeply held view among the English staff that there was some great literary potential within our pupils which we should showcase. It turns out, we were absolutely correct!

“We believe writing is such an important way we are able to express ourselves as humans and as critical thinkers, that every child should be given the opportunity to do so. What you see here is a small selection of what the English Department at SGS gets up to on a regular basis. We would like to thank the Sixth Form editing team for the way they continue to inspire our younger pupils and we hope you enjoy reading this as much as we enjoyed putting it together.”

Second in English Mr Ollie Johnson added: “We are very proud of our energised and enthusiastic Sixth Formers, who have brought the magazine to life with sensitive literary eyes, a genuinely inclusive approach, and high editorial standards. It really is the product of the fantastic work done by English pupils across the School.”

You can download and read ‘Like, Literary’ here.