03 Oct Book Fête
In this era of virtual communication and social media, we’re always hearing about the imminent death of the book (despite the fact book sales continue to rise); but even so, Le Rosey’s English French and Language Departments decided it was important to celebrate the book and reading, so on Friday 29 September, the whole school celebrated writing and reading. With the presence of six published authors – French and English – students organized Q & A sessions in the Rosey Concert Hall and dozens of “Chapters” where students and authors gave presentations or led discussions on subjects as diverse as Elena Ferrante, the mysterious and highly acclaimed Italian novelist, to Arabic script, books about Switzerland by Diccon Bewes, Rotten Row by Zimbabwean Petina Gappah, Enfants de Nazis by Tania Crasnianski and the highly praised Submergence by Jonathan Ledgard – four of the authors present for the whole day. The Juniors, meanwhile had the treat of meeting Alex Brychta, the artist of the “Biff, Chip and Kipper” Oxford Reading Tree series – sold all over the world and probably the way into reading for over 30 million children. A great day!