The guy who wrote the screenplay for Gladiator has a new book aimed at young teens, but he’s been uninvited from a speaking engagement at a school there because the book deals with teen sexuality.
As the man who wrote the play Shadowlands and the screenplay to the film Gladiator, William Nicholson is the kind of writer whom most schools would beg to address their students.
I hear, however, that Claire Hewitt, the headmistress of Manchester High School for Girls, has “disinvited” the highly respected author, pictured, from giving a long-planned talk to her charges about Rich and Mad, his new book aimed at children aged 13 and over.
The headmistress felt that the book, which tackles themes of teenage love and sexuality, was simply an “inappropriate” subject for discussion.
Dudes, in my experience, as soon as you’re dealing with someone called a “headmistriss”, things are bound to get either sexually pinched or totally pornographic. Seems like in this case someone is making diamonds of coal with their tweed-suited bum. Next time, man. Next time. (You know it’s happening when they suggestively fling away their horn-rimmed glasses and shake out the hair bun. Watch for it.)