Varied and stimulating talks from visiting speakers

You can never quite tell what effect a talk from a visiting speaker will have on minds that are (in the best sense) impressionable, I find myself musing in Civics last night, listening to author Niall Griffiths talking about writing. Memorably colourful stuff: “If it doesn’t come out, I’ll burst.” (About the creative urge that led to his first book.) “It’s like being given some money and told you’ve got to get to Berlin by a certain time; you know you’re going to get there but you don’t quite know how..” (On the process of writing.)  Niall’s talk has been preceded by Monday’s assembly on the inspiring outdoor challenges of Outward Bound and is to be followed by one (of Friday’s Science Series) on The Plague (1000 BC-2000 AD). So, who knows where this week’s varied and stimulating diet might lead?

By Keith Budge, Headmaster, Bedales School


Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.