Owen Sheers Talks Books
Award-winning poet, novelist and scriptwriter, Owen Sheers visited CHS to discuss his work, the writing process and his experience of being part of the School syllabus.
Talking to Year 11 and Sixth Form students, Owen read from Skirrid Hill, his second collection of poems which is studied in A Level English Literature and gave tips on writing based on an unseen text – a method used in GCSE English exams.
During his insightful and thought-provoking presentations, he discussed his approaching to putting pen to paper: “One problem with writing is that you can have too many words on the page. The trick is to show, not tell. Things are more powerfully received when they are shown and not told.”
When asked what it felt like to be part of the curriculum, Owen said: “I’m still getting used to being studied, as opposed to read. I wasn’t aware I was a set-text until I started getting questions about my work from students, via Twitter!”