The 2022 issue of The Windhover magazine, a celebration of pupil creativity, is now available to read here
Liv in Y12, has boldly embraced her new role as the first pupil editor of the magazine, curating a compelling collection of poems, stories, artwork, reviews and letters in response to the theme of ‘Journeys’.
Celebrated poet and writer Anthony Anaxagorou joined pupils during Lent term for in-person workshops. Some poems from these workshops now feature in the magazine, alongside a fascinating interview with Anthony.
Liv explains: “Writing embodies journeys. There is the act of writing itself, carving time out between school and a plethora of extracurricular interests. There is also the symbiotic journey of reading these works, a forging of thought between creator and consumer. In these works, writing becomes more meditative than cathartic, leading us down fractal trains of thought.”
At the launch event for the magazine, pupils and staff gathered in the Martin Gilbert Library to share readings from some of the authors, including a reprisal of Amalia’s (Y11) award-winning entry from last summer’s Lyttleton Festival, Breathe – written to raise awareness of mental health, and delivered with precision and passion.
Liv, who hosted the launch, reflected “I am enormously proud of the work of the contributors and how we have come together across year groups. This has truly been a labour of love, and learning the ropes of editing has been a challenging and gratifying experience. It was deeply moving to hear the readings at our launch; there is nothing quite like hearing writers’ words in their own voices.”
Mrs Hyam, Senior Teacher, Academic Research, concluded: “This is our first student edited edition of the magazine, and it was also marked by a return to live meetings and workshops, so it feels like a very special Windhover. It has been fantastic to see writers from across the whole school coming together and working with Liv. The spirit of creativity in the writing, art and photography is inspiring. It feels like a fantastic start to spring.”