Wednesday, 8 October 2014
English Literature team scores at the Cheltenham Festival Literary Quiz
Professor Shelley Saguaro, Head of School, and Dr Debby Thacker, Subject Group Leader for Literary & Critical Studies took part in the Festival Literary Quiz, as invited guests of the Cheltenham Festival of Literature, on Tuesday night in the Spiegeltent. The question-master was James Walton, who sets the BBC Radio 4 programme The Write Stuff. We were on a team with two avid Festival-goers and we came third out of 21 teams. For a long time, we were running a close second to the winning Sunday Times Literary editorial team, and if we had remembered the existence of Stieg Larsson, and that Anne of Green Gables was called Anne Shirley, or that Birdsong was, indeed, written in the 1990s, we would have licked them. The last round, in which any wrong answer would have lost us all of the points for the whole round, made us extremely cautious. We did know that Edgar Allen Poe was one of the authors on the Sgt Pepper album, but even the Sunday Times team did not risk putting the answer ‘Dupin’, as the name of Edgar Allen Poe’s detective, that late in the evening.