Food for literary thought

Grammar School pupils at Brinkfest
Grammar School pupils at Brinkfest

A DIET of literary recipes has been cooked up by a food expert for a demonstration at Wisbech Grammar School on the final day of the BrinkFest arts festival on Saturday, September 15.

Alison Sloan, the school’s head of food and nutrition, who has worked on a range of television programmes and live radio as well as writing her own food column in the ‘Eastern Daily Press’, is speaking on food through the literary ages in ‘The pounded yellow of two hard-boiled eggs’.

Physicist Bryan Wiles is giving a presentation during the afternoon, ‘The chocolate suitcase’, about the experiences of his Polish parents-in-law during the Second World War, including their passage to a Siberian labour camp. The talk embraces a six-year odyssey, which takes in the battles of Monte Cassino and Arnhem.

The headmaster, Nicholas Hammond, is speaking on ‘Van Gogh and Arles: nine turbulent weeks’. Four other teachers are also appearing on the last day of the BrinkFest: Mike Forrest’s theme is ‘Wordsworth, Clarkson and other friends’; Sarah Fox is staging a drop-in-session on ‘Science and archaeology’; Mick Stump asks the question, ‘Drawing – Why do we do it?’ and Dr Adrian Jarvis explains how to write a playscript in ‘Page to stage: story telling for performance’.

They will be joined by Brian Payne, chairman of the Wisbech Society and vice-chairman of Wisbech and Fenland Museum, who is dipping into the diary of a past headmaster of Wisbech Grammar School, the Rev Jeremiah Jackson.

The school’s swing band will be in action for the final afternoon of the festival, which kicks off at 12.30pm, and art and sculpture by eminent past pupils will be on display. There will also be an archery taster session.

Places for the historic food demonstration can be booked by contacting Mrs A. Sanders at the Grammar School (telephone 01945-583631) and tickets can be ordered for the BrinkFest events by clicking on