London literary tour, Colexio Padre Feijoo Zorelle (Ourense)
Now that both our trip to London and the Book Festival are
approaching, why not explore some of the city’s literary
landmarks? We’ll embark on a London literary tour, visiting both
fictional and real life locations! And we will record a short
documentary which will be shown at the Book Festival and
published on the school’s Youtube channel!
Student A: Hi all! Here we are at the Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
in the South bank of the River Thames. This is a reconstruction of the
original Globe, a theatre built in 1599 by William Shakespeare’s theatre
company. The present theatre was opened in 1997.
Student B:Nowadays, you can visit the building and attend a
performance of some of Shakespeare’s plays. The programme for this year
includes Hamlet, Antony and Cleopatra, All’s well that ends well, Much Ado
about Nothing, Julius Caesar and King Lear.
Student A: Hello! We are at the Charles Dickens Museum at 48 Doughty
Street in Holborn. As you can see, this is a typical Georgian terraced house
which was Charles Dickens' home from 25 March 1837 (a year after his
marriage) to December 1839.
Student B: Charles Dickens is one of the greatest novelists in English. He
lived during Victorian times, in the 19th century and wrote novels that are
still very popular today, for example: The Adventures of Oliver Twist, A
Christmas Carol, A Tale of Two Cities, David Copperfield, and Great
Student A: Hi everybody! Here we are at the Sherlock Holmes Museum,
situated in the so-called 221, Baker Street, in Central London, address of
the world’s most famous detective: Sherlock Holmes.
Student B: As you may know, Sherlock Holmes is the protagonist of a
series of detective novels written by Scottish writer, Arthur Conan Doyle, in
the 1890s. All but four stories are narrated by Holmes's friend and
biographer, Dr. Watson. Many of the adventures of Sherlock Holmes have
been adapted into films, TV series and theatre plays.
Student A: Hi all! This is Charing Cross Road, a street in Central London
famous for its many bookshops. Here we are at Foyles, one of the biggest
bookshops in the UK. It was opened in 1903 by William and Gilbert Foyle.
It has five floors full of books to sell and a website with over 100,000 book
Student B:Charing Cross Road is also full of second hand bookshops
which offer very eclectic prices at a reasonable price. As you can see,
outside, there are £1 paperbacks and the basement is given over to
Student A: Hi guys! We are on platform 93/4 at King’s Cross railway
station, one of Britain’s major stations. Its most important long-distance
destinations are Leeds, Newcastle and Edinburgh. Why is this a literary
Student B: In the Harry Potter books, by J. K. Rowling, King's Cross is the
starting point of the Hogwarts Express to the Hogwarts School of
Witchcraft .The train uses a secret platform 9¾ accessed through the brick
wall barrier between platforms 9 and 10.
Student A: Hi all! We are at the British Library, the national library of the United
Kingdom. It is very near Kings Cross’s station. The library is a major research library,
holding over 150 million items from many countries, in many languages, and in many
formats, both print and digital.
Student B: The Library is open to everyone who has a need to use its collections.
Anyone with a permanent address who wishes to carry out research can apply for a
Reader Pass. A number of books and manuscripts are on display to the general public,
the library’s exhibition includes: Beowulf, Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, Charlotte Brontë's
Jane Eyre, Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures or Virginia Woolf's Mrs Dalloway
Student A: Hello! This used to be Virginia Woolf’s home. She was born at
22 Hyde Park Gate in London in 1882. However, after the death of her
father, Vanessa and Adrian, her brother and sister, sold 22 Hyde Park Gate
and bought a house at 46 Gordon Square in Bloomsbury, where we are
Student B: Virginia Woolf is one of the greatest female novelists in
English. She lived wrote novels that are still very popular today, for
example: To the Lighthouse, Mrs Dalloway and A Room of One’s Own.