“Myths, Movies and Storytelling”

Caroline Lawrence delighted our Year 7 and Year 8 girls, as well as visitors from Abbeyfield School and Kingsthorpe College, with her talk on “Myths, Movies and Storytelling”.

Caroline showed pupils how her education at Berkeley and Cambridge Universities in Classics, Archaeology and Hebrew equipped her with the knowledge and skills to weave together ancient myth and modern stories.

After her sister asked her to write a story about Rome for children, she had her ‘lightbulb’ moment and began the ‘Roman Mysteries’ series with ‘The Thieves of Ostia.’ Inspired by the 7 ‘beats’ of storytelling and a fusion of archetypal characters, she produced her first book in a fortnight and was published within 6 months. However, Caroline went on to explain how these archetypes of character and plot can be found in every story, from Sherlock Holmes to Nancy Drew, from Buffy the Vampire Slayer to Wall-E, from Moanna to Star Wars and Harry Potter, Up and La-La Land.

We hope our students have been inspired by stories of the Greek and Roman worlds, as well as her advice on how to adapt them for new audiences and new media.


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