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Recent studies reveal that one in four students experience some form of bullying during their school life.
This session is an in-depth discussion of the themes central to my memoir, Bad Behaviour: A Memoir of Bullying and Boarding School.
As someone who was both a victim and a participant in bullying, I am passionate about educating my audience on the complexity of friendship circles.
My aim is to inspire students to talk more openly about their experiences on both side of the bullying fence, and to have robust conversations about what it is that makes girls and boys bully each other. Is it fear? Is it unhappiness? And most importantly, my aim is to work out strategies for students, parents and teachers to combat this harmful scourge in our schools.
Ever had the dream of starting your own magazine? In 2010, I founded Kill Your Darlings cultural magazine with my friend, Hannah Kent, author of Burial Rites. We funded everything ourselves – and people told us we are mad! Print is dead, they said – but we persisted with our dream. Today, Kill Your Darlings […]
‘I just don’t have an interesting story to tell’ is a common belief of students when it comes to life writing and memoir. I thought the same about my life, until I sat down and thought more about my experiences. The workshop aims to convince students that everyone’s life is unique – and that there […]
Memoir writer Rebecca Starford (author of Bad Behaviour) shares her experiences of getting her work into print for the first time, how she managed to write a whole book, and later having the confidence to call herself a writer. This is an honest and inspirational session for aspiring writers of all ages. Rebecca shares her […]