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Isles of Sheppey Writers Retreat

18 January 2024

Last week a spirited group of Sixth Form Literature students, accompanied by three equally adventurous teachers, embarked on a memorable residential trip to the picturesque Isle of Sheppey. Undeterred by the biting January winds and the brisk temperatures, these intrepid souls dove headfirst into a weekend of creative exploration.

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Last week a spirited group of Sixth Form Literature students, accompanied by three equally adventurous teachers, embarked on a memorable residential trip to the picturesque Isle of Sheppey. Undeterred by the biting January winds and the brisk temperatures, these intrepid souls dove headfirst into a weekend of creative exploration.


The marshes of north Kent set the stage for an immersive experience, where students found inspiration in the midst of challenging conditions. Writing under the cloak of the Sheppey night, fuelled by the warmth of a crackling fire, and skilfully avoiding the surrounding swamplands.


Saturday morning saw a few brave students defying the chilly conditions, opting for an early morning run to invigorate their senses. Meanwhile, others, having been exposed to a spine-chilling ghost story, required a gentle escort back to the safety of their accommodations. It was a weekend filled with laughter, camaraderie, and a shared passion for the written word.


The culmination of their efforts will soon be showcased in an anthology featuring the diverse and imaginative works produced during the trip. We encourage everyone to keep an eye out for this compilation, a testament to the creativity and dedication of these students.


Special thanks go out to all the students who participated, not only for their commitment to the literary activities but also for their willingness to contribute to the communal chores that kept the weekend running smoothly.


The Isle of Sheppey served as a canvas for the students to paint their literary aspirations against the backdrop of challenging conditions. The forthcoming anthology will stand as a lasting testament to their creativity.


To learn more about the residentials and trips we offer at Roedean head over to our enrichment page.