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Forgoing the fancy dress that usually takes place up and down the country on World Book Day, King’s College decided to turn the event into a rather sophisticated affair. Brainchild of school librarian Josie Barclay, and supported by the creative admissions and marketing team, staff were asked to suggest the names of five authors they would invite to dinner, detailing the reasons why.

The support from across the school was overwhelming, with a total in excess of 80 authors being nominated. Joseph Conrad proved a popular choice among the English department, with Jane Austen, JRR Tolkien and the west country’s own Thomas Hardy also faring well.

The display that was created in the school’s reception area not only enabled the school community to find out a little more about each other through their choices of reading material, but it hopefully offered some recommendations of yet undiscovered authors and titles.

Commenting, Josie said: “Having already done a previous competition to guess the bookshelves of our staff, I thought author dinner party guests would shine a new light on the pupils’ literary tastes. I have not been disappointed, as usual I have been humbled by the breadth of their reading matter, and the enthusiasm for all things literary.”

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