In the return of d’Overbroeck’s author events, local Oxford author Sam Pope virtually joined pupils and staff to discuss the Literature of Terror, Ghosts and the Gothic.
Sam delved into her past discussing how from a young age, she had always had a creepy affinity with graveyards. She would often make her family stop at any passing cemeteries so that she could read the inscriptions on the gravestones and learn about the person who lay beneath. This fascination is what inspired Sam to pursue a career in writing fiction based around gothic and psychological horror.
Published next autumn, Sam talked about her debut novel, The Haunting of Lindy Pennyworth as well as her short story One-Way Window which is being published by Otranto House as part of a series of supernatural tales.
It was great to see a strong turnout of thirty students and staff who were left feeling inspired to create their own spooky tale.
As well as a literature programme for our year 7-11 students, d'Overbroeck's also runs an A-Level English
Literature programme for sixth form