Gervase Phinn kicks off Literature Festival series

St Peter's School

Gervase Phinn kicks off Literature Festival series

Gervase Phinn with Leo Winkley
The author and broadcaster Gervase Phinn has entertained an audience of hundreds at the York Literature Festival with his insights into the world of education in Yorkshire.

Phinn recounted tales of his many years as a teacher, and later inspector, at schools across the region, sharing amusing anecdotes about the heads, teachers and pupils he has come across.

In the lively talk at St Peter’s, Phinn also covered his own childhood in Rotherham, the literature that inspired him as a child, and some of his all-time favourite exam answers.

Ben Fuller, who runs the St Peter’s lecture programme, said: “Such a hugely entertaining talk was the perfect way for us to kick off our series of York Literature Festival events. Gervase had us hanging on his every word, as his warmth and humour really brought his subject to life. He was kind enough to stay behind and talk at length with many of those watching about their own fond memories of growing up in Yorkshire, and we are all very grateful to him for a hugely enjoyable evening.”