Latest News

March 04th 2016

Award-winning Author returns for World Book Day

Cobham Hall Elder and best-selling author Griselda Heppel returned to her old school to mark World Book Day on Thursday 3rd March.

Griselda discussed the inspiration behind her latest book, ‘The Tragickall History of Henry Fowst’ with girls in Years 7 and 8.  She explained the legend of John Faustus, an alchemist who sold his soul to the Devil, and how in the 16th Century playwright Christopher Marlowe depicted the tale in his play “The Tragicall History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus”.  Griselda explained that the legend has been told repeatedly, and she was inspired to retell the story so in a way that would appeal to children.  The book draws on her memories of school days at Cobham Hall, with the School’s North Tower even featuring in the illustration on the front cover.  Griselda Heppel’s debut novel, ‘Ante’s Inferno’, won the Children’s category of the People’s Book Prize in 2013.

Griselda gave the girls advice about writing, including her key tip – that all stories have the same structure, with seven basic features: A hero, a place, a problem, an anti-hero, a plan, a climax and a resolution.  She went on to answer the girls’ questions, which included why the book was set in two eras, how much research was needed and what inspired her to become a writer.  Griselda also joined in Cobham Hall’s World Book Day celebrations by helping to judge the ‘best dressed’ student – each dressed as their favourite book character.  Find out who won here.

Head of English Miss Stevens explained, “We were thrilled to welcome Griselda back to Cobham Hall. It’s always delightful to see former students doing so well, and wonderful for current students to get the chance to hear from them.”

Also featured