Newham schoolboys study Jane Austen books to commemorate bicentenary of her death

PUBLISHED: 15:00 18 July 2017

Head of English at Rokeby School for Boys Iain Skinner with some of the Year 10 pupils

Head of English at Rokeby School for Boys Iain Skinner with some of the Year 10 pupils


To commemorate the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death, pupils from Rokeby School gathered to discuss their thoughts on her acclaimed work.

Head of English at Rokeby School for Boys Iain Skinner with some of the Year 10 pupils Head of English at Rokeby School for Boys Iain Skinner with some of the Year 10 pupils

Teenagers from the boys’ school, Barking Road, Canning Town, enjoyed speaking to head of English Iain Skinner about the writer of Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, and so many more works of prose.

Mr Skinner said: “Jane Austen is one of English literature’s greatest, and continues to inspire to this day. We thought the 200th anniversary of her death would be a brilliant occasion to introduce our Year 10 pupils at Rokeby to her work, through an extracurricular discussion project which the boys were very excited to participate in.

“We challenged them to find out more about Jane Austen as a titan in our literary heritage. They picked their favourite quotations and began exploring her novels further.”

Austen died 200 years ago today, on July 18, 1817. She was 41.

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