English beyond the Curriculum

Lectures, Talks, Readings and Workshops

The department regularly welcomes a number of visiting writers, performers and academics to speak and lead workshops. Recently these have included Paul Farley, Ben Haggarty, Ben Walden, Nicholas Royle, Peter Carpenter, Maddie Geddes-Barton, Peter James, Marcus Sedgwick, Guy Burt, Andy Mulligan, Michael Symmons Roberts and Professor Daniel Brown.

Creative Writing

The Creative Writing Society meets regularly for writing workshops and to offer feedback on each other’s work. In LQ 2015 the society spent a long weekend at Ty Newydd , the National Centre for Writing in Wales, working with the poet Peter Sansom and the novelist, Tiffany Murray.

OQ 2013 saw the launch of the Charterhouse Ghost Story competition, which is now an annual event. In CQ 2014 Masha Voyles secured third place in the Christopher Tower Poetry Prize for her poem ‘Bat Child Found’.

The Charterhouse Review, the annual anthology of Carthusian writing, is published every year and launched as part of Artifex in CQ. A digital version can be accessed using the link below:

Theatre Trips

The department follows the principle that every pupil studying English should go to the theatre at least once per academic year and arranges trips to see both plays which are examination texts and those of general literary interest.

Trips in 2014-15 included: As You Like It (Southwark Playhouse), The Cherry Orchard (Young Vic), Electra (Old Vic), Journey’s End (Watermill Theatre), Measure for Measure (Barbican), The Crucible (Old Vic), T’Is Pity She’s a Whore (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse), Arcadia (New Victoria Theatre), Othello (Lyric) and The Changeling (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse).

Recitation Competition

The annual competition takes place in LQ. Every pupil studying English memorises a poem and enters the competition. Twenty finalists take part in the final in March, which is adjudicated by an external judge. The winners go on to compete in the national Poetry By Heart competition.

Junior English Society

The society is a reading group for enthusiastic readers and pupils of English in the Under School. There are fortnightly meetings. Pupils agree upon and read books in advance of each meeting, with one pupil leading the discussion.

Specialist Reading Group

This is a group of talented and enthusiastic specialists studying English. Pupils agree upon and read books in advance of each meeting, with one pupil volunteering to lead the discussion. In January each year the group reads the TS Eliot Prize shortlist and attends the prize readings at the Royal Festival Hall.

Play Reading Group

The society meets regularly to read a play in its entirety, focussing particularly on contemporary drama.

World Literature Society

This year the society focussed on Russian literature in advance of the Art and English trip to St Petersburg during Exeat of OQ 2015.