The River Thames outside DLD College London

World Book Day 2024

8th March 24

To celebrate World Book Day this year the English Department ran a Five -Book Challenge for Year 9 and separate Ten-Book Challenges for Years 10 and 12. We wanted to compile a diverse list of texts, spanning the latest best-selling YA novels to timeless classics such as Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre and George Eliot’s Mill on the Floss. Students who signed up for the Challenge were issued with a book in the atrium by the College librarian Cathy David at breaktime.

To mark the event, the Year 10 GCSE class researched and delivered PowerPoint presentations on important milestones in the history of books and publishing. In their talks, students covered a wide and range and variety of subjects: the invention of paper and moveable typeface in ancient China; the invention of the mechanical printing in 15th century Germany and its development in England; the influence of the King James’ Version of the Bible; the publication of Dr Johnson’s Dictionary in 1755 and its influence on the English language; Charles Dickens’  invention of the modern Christmas in A Christmas Carol; the global phenomenon of the Harry Potter series.

Special recommendation goes to Seyedtaha Y for his illuminating presentation on George Orwell’s iconic novel, 1984 which have you can view below: