In November, two successful alumnae: Sophie Kinsella (Class of 1987), author of the popular “Shopaholic” series, and Sophie Raworth (Class of 1986), BBC broadcaster, returned to Putney High School to inspire students and alumnae from across the GDST network with stories of how they have achieved career success.
Sophie Kinsella, real name Madeleine Wickham (neé Townley), talked about the challenges of starting out as an author, the processes involved in writing a novel, and how she makes her characters come to life. Most importantly she talked about the “graft” that’s necessary to achieve what you want in life and how “Being creative isn't just inventing stories or making art - it's so much of what people do in life. It's thinking of a really cleverly worded clause in a contract, or a solution to a logistics problem, or it's being an entrepreneur and suddenly seeing a gap in the market. It's something that we all do, and can do and should do.”
Madeleine was at Putney as part of the PIE+ lecture series - inspiring and engaging young minds.
Meanwhile, BBC newsreader Sophie Raworth was key note speaker at Prizegiving and recalled how it was at Putney that her interest in working in the media was really ignited, “I kept out of the way of the ‘cool’ girls – the ones who seemed to exude huge amounts of confidence, one day, one of them said to me ‘I’ve never heard you speak’ … all these years later, you literally have to switch me off!”
She returned to Putney High School to present certificates at the annual prizegiving ceremony.