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From the Big Bang to Brexit

Non-fiction author Christopher Lloyd rounded off The Abbey’s World Book Day celebrations talking to Junior and Senior School girls about his work. Christopher is a UK-based author whose books help children to understand large swathes of history in a fun and colourful way. One of his earlier books, What on Earth Happened? The complete story of planet, life and people from the Big Bang to the present day, has been translated into 15 different languages and has sold over 500,000 copies worldwide!

Upper III and Lower IV spent the morning with Chris learning about the Complete Works of Shakespeare. Using a super-sized version of his amazing fold-out 'wallbook', each of Shakespeare's plays is represented as a box at The Globe Theatre, including some background, key developments and important quotes.

Chris pointed out themes common across different plays and how these relate to contemporary events, on a timeline across the bottom of the wallbook. For example, 'Macbeth' was written at about the time the Scottish king, James I, came to the throne, who had an interest in witches and the occult.

Chris's discussions on themes touched on some plays that displayed emotions of love, sadness and happiness which led to some first class acting by girls - and a very co-operative Mr Dalton as a 'wise old man'! The girls enjoyed the talk and the acting and came away more confident in tackling Shakespeare in the classroom and in everyday life.

The Junior School girls were delighted to spend the afternoon with Christopher, who gave a highly entertaining and interactive talk on his amazing new book about the history of the world Absolutely everything! A History of Earth, Dinosaurs, Rulers, Robots and Other Things Too Numerous to Mention.

Donning his special (and very heavy) coat, he gave the girls a sneak peek into all 15 chapters of his book, with each chapter having its own special pocket! The enthusiastic girls all wanted a chance to come up in front of the audience and pick an item out of one of the pockets.

Thank you very much to Christopher for coming to The Abbey and sharing your wonderful new book with us! To find out more about what Christopher has been up to, check out his website.

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