Award-winning author shares stories

Headington’s boarders were privileged to have award-winning author, Julia Golding, speak at their boarders’ service on Sunday 15th September.

Julia is an author of over 50 books, winner of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize and the
Nestle Children’s Book Award and a nominee for the Costa Award. She also has a fascinating CV including being a former diplomat, a lobbyist for Oxfam and raising young children whilst successfully gaining a DPhil in English from Oxford.

Julia shared how stories shape our lives – and suggested that what defines a human above any other animal is that we are capable of telling and sharing stories. She also shared that the story of the Christian faith – the metanarrative of God’s love for his creation and the person of Jesus – is the story that has most influenced her understanding of how to live. She challenged those present to dig deep into the stories that Jesus told, his parables, and to ask questions.

The Rev Tom Howell, School Chaplain, said: “We are incredibly blessed to have had Julia share about the importance of ‘story’ and how stories shape our lives, in particular the Christian story.

“This term we’ll be considering ‘good news stories’, especially parables, in our boarders’ services – and this was the perfect launch to a new series.”

Julia also writes under the pseudonym Joss Stirling and Eve Edwards.