The “Literary Lunch” Society

Ruthin School’s Literary Lunch Society met for the second time this year. A group of Forms 4 and 5 discussed the book which we had read most recently whilst enjoying a special lunch. The Catcher in the Rye, was a short yet enjoyable book with an incredibly thought-provoking and engrossing narrative, as well as having a range of colourful and intriguing characters. As a group, we discussed the many messages and the book.

We followed this with a discussion to determine which book to read next. Three books were suggested by our English teachers. However, in the end, we narrowly voted for the novel, Oranges Are Not Only Fruit written by Jeanette Winterson. The story is about a young girl named Jeanette, who is adopted by evangelists from the Elam Pentecostal Church. She believes she is destined to become a missionary. The book depicts religious enthusiasm as an exploration of the power of love.  We are looking forward to reading this book and to discussing the impacts it has on us! Our next meeting will be on 25th January.

Each student taking part in the Literary Lunch has written a short piece on why reading is so important to them. All put forward very convincing arguments which will be published throughout the year.

The Importance of Reading by Saskia
Reading is a skill that is absolutely necessary in our daily lives, for accessing information, for the completion of basic tasks. However, it is also so much more than that. Reading allows us to think. Through reading we develop the language skills that enable us to express our thoughts and emotions. It gave me the ability to create sentences that can effectively convey meaning and even hold artistic value. To me, converting an emotion or an idea into speakable words is actually a demanding and daunting task. I really enjoy communicating, but speaking itself can often become flustering. Reading has helped me to understand what I’m feeling and to say it.

Reading allows you to experience things you wouldn’t otherwise be able to, to see things from another perspective, to understand the things around you, to notice the details. You are encouraged to be thoughtful, creative, and have a vivid imagination. You can dream.

But, to many, reading has become something tedious, something we simply don’t have enough time for anymore. Quicker, less time-consuming forms of entertainment are preferred. We can find out the storyline in under two hours, we don’t need to concentrate so hard, we don’t need to create our own images. But reading isn’t something that can be discarded. That’s why I’d like to join the literary club; to give myself the opportunity to read more.

Written by Saskia

Posted on: December 10, 2018