“Myths, Movies and Storytelling.”

Caroline Lawrence delighted our U3 and L4 girls, as well as visitors from Abbeyfield School and Kingsthorpe College, with her talk on “Myths, Movies and Storytelling.”


 Whilst explaining her inspiration, dated from an early encounter with Mary Renault’s “The Last of the Wine”, set in Homeric Greece, Caroline went on to show how her education at Berkeley and Cambridge Universities in Classics, Archaeology and Hebrew equipped her with the knowledge and skills to weave together ancient myth and modern stories.


After her sister asked her to write a story about Rome for children, she had her ‘lightbulb’ moment and began the ‘Roman Mysteries’ series with ‘The Thieves of Ostia.’ Inspired by the 7 ‘beats’ of storytelling and a fusion of archetypal characters, she produced her first book in a fortnight and was published within 6 months. However, Caroline went on to explain how these archetypes of character and plot can be found in every story, from Sherlock Holmes to Nancy Drew, from Buffy the Vampire Slayer to Wall-E, from Moannu to Star Wars and Harry Potter, Up and La-La Land.

We hope our students have been inspired by stories of the Greek and Roman worlds, as well as her advice on how to adapt them for new audiences and new media.

Thanks to all those who helped to arrange the visit; thanks must also go to Kate Jameson and Grace Gee for the vote of thanks.

Miss Mason, Classics Teacher