We were delighted to host world renowned linguist Professor David Crystal OBE FBA FLSW and fellow author Hilary Crystal in our Tom Stoppard Theatre on Friday 3rd March, at Pocklington School. Author of over 120 books, Professor Crystal gave a fascinating talk entitled ‘Language BLANK Literature’ to an audience of over 260 budding linguists, members of the public and lifelong fans.
Professor Crystal explored how Language and Literature are intertwined, with reference to Reed’s ‘Naming of Parts’, Pinter’s ‘The Birthday Party’, Stoppard’s ‘Rosencratz and Guildenstern Are Dead’ and numerous Shakespearean extracts. He also demonstrated the Original Pronunciation (OP) accent, which he developed with the Globe Theatre for the most authentic productions yet of Shakespeare’s work.
The evening was inspiring for all and elicited positive reactions from students across the A levels. In particular, the talk has really made us appreciate how integral Language and Literature are to one other.
Written by U6 English Language Set ‘R’