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New York Times award-winning author Katherine Howe received an enthusiastic and warm welcome to the School on Tuesday 2 June, when she came to present her latest novel for young adults, Conversion.
Katherine’s presentation took the form of a talk about the history surrounding the book – the history of witchcraft, in America and around the world, and in particular what took place three centuries ago in Salem, Massachusetts. She read two short extracts from the book, which is set in the modern day and also in the 17th Century, with events eerily mirroring one another, to give the Fourth Form pupils who attended a flavour of the story.
The plot focuses on the question of pressures experienced by teenagers and their psychological outcomes. Katherine spoke both about the difference between genders in the effects of pressure on teens and also about her own experiences. Asked whether she believes in magic and witchcraft, she gave some fascinating and thought-provoking answers, and left her audience spellbound, wanting to learn more. There was a queue of pupils at the end of the event all keen to have a book signed, so that they could have some summer-holiday reading.
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