Wednesday 8 June, 2020 — Carter Literary Society Lecture | Streatham & Clapham High School

Wednesday 8 June, 2020 — Carter Literary Society Lecture

Girls are invited to a 40-min lecture by Danielle Feehan, Head of English, on the life and work of Angela Carter, one of Britain’s most important authors and a SCHS alumna. Had she survived, Ms Carter would be 80 years old this month. The Carter Literary Society is a Sixth Form club but others are welcome, especially GCSE pupils who recently enjoyed an adaptation of Carter’s work Wise Children as a virtual trip to the theatre. The lecture will take place during Kinza time on the girls’ timetables.

Angela Carter

1940 -1992 Writer

Born Angela Stalker in Eastbourne in 1940, she studied at Streatham & Clapham High School from (1951-1958). Throughout her childhood she read voraciously. Despite her wide reading she did not do well enough in examinations at school to win a place at university but went to work as a journalist, apprenticing at the Croydon Advertiser. She moved west and entered Bristol University to read for a degree in English.

In 1966 her first novel, Shadow Dance was published. She went on to write eight more full length novels as well as many short fiction collections including her 1979 masterpiece The Bloody Chamber, as well as poetry, TV and radio plays, children’s books and film adaptations.

She was often described as a ‘magical realist’, combining fantasy with clear descriptions which enabled realistic telling of unrealistic events. Carter was one of the most stylish English prose writers of the age. David Holloway, the former literary editor of The Daily Telegraph, called her ‘the Salvador Dali of English letters’. In 2008, The Times ranked Carter tenth in their list of ‘The 50 greatest British writers since 1945’.

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