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Literary Lockdown 2021

Welcome to Oakham School’s celebration and exhibition of all things literary! 

Our #LiteraryLockdown2021 project is a celebration of the power of literature to provide solace and solidarity, adventure and amusement, and lots and lots of fun. 

While the world is a little less busy, we’ll be spending a little more time reading books, exploring our own writing, and celebrating literary creativity in every form.

On this page, you can meet our talented and friendly English teachers and students in video, written and interactive content and share a very literary adventure.

Tag us on social media using #LiteraryLockdown2021 and join in the literary fun!

Walkers Bookshop has a very special place in the heart of the English department so they decided to catch up with owner Tim Walker about his experience of Literary Lockdown and his relationship with our School.

How important are books in a time of national restrictions?

We have found that books and reading have been even more important during lockdown. During a winter when the news has been relentless and the novelty of streaming yet another documentary or box set has been wearing thin, people have been appreciating reading all the more.

We all know that feeling of escaping into another world or place or time, or simply seeing our own world through a different set of eyes and from a different perspective. Customers have been telling us that during lockdown they are enjoying the simple act of reading in that it is not simply a passive activity, but requires presence and concentration and thought.

How have you and your customers responded to lockdown?

Our book department has been closed during the lockdown, but we have been operating a click and collect service from the store. But, to be honest, it's not really the same.

Bookshops are magical places and the joy of browsing in a bookshop is that you always come out with something that you never knew you existed before you walked through the door.

How long have you been working with our English Department?

Probably since the mid-1970s. We opened as a newsagents in 1972 but expanded and added the bookshop in around 1976 and we have been supplying the school and the English department ever since! I was at Oakham in the 1980s and Dad would often send me round to the department with a box of books under my arm.

With many thanks to Walkers for joining the English Department in celebrating a very literary lockdown.

Read More about Interview with OO Tim Walker, owner of Walkers Bookshop

In previous lessons, we had looked at the different presentations of Dracula in film and considered how they differ from the original text:

His face was a strong, a very strong, aquiline, with high bridge of the thin nose and peculiarly arched nostrils, with lofty domed forehead, and hair growing scantily round the temples but profusely elsewhere. His eyebrows were very massive, almost meeting over the nose, and with bushy hair that seemed to curl in its own profusion. The mouth, so far as I could see it under the heavy moustache, was fixed and rather cruel-looking, with peculiarly sharp white teeth. These protruded over the lips, whose remarkable ruddiness showed astonishing vitality in a man of his years. For the rest, his ears were pale, and at the tops extremely pointed. The chin was broad and strong, and the cheeks firm though thin. The general effect was one of extraordinary pallor.

Today, F1 were asked to put together their own presentations of the great man himself using anything that they could find at home in 40 mins. The results, I am sure you will agree, are extraordinary!!!

Read More about F1 complete The Dracula challenge


The Oakham English teachers have been snapping their beloved bookshelves but can you connect the Shelfie with the teacher?!

Guess correctly to win one of four prizes!

Participating English teachers:
DWB, MMF, HEJ, SADD, KC, MCS, WJP

Don't forget to show us your Shelfie for more prizes and to take part in our online Shelfie exhibition!

The Winner of our Shelfies Competition is…

Huge congratulations to Aaron whose guess was closest to the correct answers below. Sadie and Max also win prizes for their brilliant detective work. 

If you have been wondering ‘who’s whose’ all week, here are the answers:

1:          HEJ

2:          MMF

3:          KC

4:          MCS

5:          WJP

6:          DWB

7:          SADD

We have loved the opportunity to chat with so many of you about our books this week and have been delighted to find so many books in common, as well as finding many to add to our ever expanding list of books we need to read.

Our competition winners will each receive a voucher to spend on books and treats at Walkers, our local bookshop in Oakham.

Warmest congratulations and a very happy World Book Day!

Read More about World Book Day Shelfies Competition 2021