A staff member at Rydal Penrhos is set to deliver a special talk on one of the most renowned English authors in modern history.
Dr Sara Brown, an English teacher at the school, will be the special guest speaker at the latest Sixth Form lecture on Wednesday, January 23, which will take place from 6.30pm in the Carnegie Room.
Her talk will be centred on 'JRR Tolkien’s writing in the context of mid 20th century anxieties', with the teacher awarded a doctorate for her work on the author of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit in 2013.
Dr Brown took six and a half years to fit in her thesis, called From Abjection to Alchemy: Tolkien’s Middle Earth Legendarium, around her teaching duties.
She read Tolkien’s private papers in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, which are closely controlled by the Tolkien family.
Sara worked closely with her supervisor, Professor Lucie Armitt at the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences in the University of Salford, to produce her PhD thesis.
JRR Tolkien was the author of the best-known fantasy works ever written, The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, which have since been turned into iconic films by director Peter Jackson.
Director of Studies Sally Harding, said: “This lecture will be a must for anyone interested in the JRR Tolkien novels, as there are few that are more knowledgeable or passionate on the subject than Dr Brown.”