Inquiring Minds Lecture by Dr Carolyne Larrington

17th March 2014

On Monday 17th March, The Jersey College for Girls Inquiring Minds Lecture Series hosted Dr Carolyne Larrington, Fellow and Tutor in medieval English literature at St John’s College, Oxford.

Dr Larrington spoke about how the medieval English literature studied at Oxford by writers such as Tolkien and Lewis as well as Alan Garner and Philip Pullman influenced their writing for children. The title of this lecture, ‘Wolves and Winter: Medieval Themes and Children’s Stories’, captured the interest of students, parents and other guests who joined us to benefit from Dr Larrington’s expertise. The influence Norse mythology had on these writers was given particular attention and encouraged the audience to consider the books they had read in relation to this theme.

Everyone left the hall with a desire to read new literature or to reconsider the stories of their childhood from an enlightened perspective.