Cuckfield Bookfest - Hurstpierpoint College

Cuckfield Bookfest

A small group of English A-level students visited the Hurst sponsored Cuckfield Bookfest held earlier this October. 

The Sixth Formers attended a talk by Ian Williams on his book Every Breath You Take: China’s NewTyranny. Williams discussed the extraordinary rise of the Chinese surveillance state and its implications for the rest of the world, in a wide-ranging, fascinating and, at times, chilling talk.  

The event provided a useful opportunity for the wider context requirements of the dystopian paper our students sit. Williams even opened his talk with a reference to Nineteen Eighty-Four, one of the set texts this year. As well as several useful pages of notes, the students left with a new perspective on cyber espionage and the role it plays in what has become a technological Cold War. 

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