CCSS students get to ‘Ask Hadley’


Hadley Freeman in CN

Journalist, author and former CCSS (Cambridge Centre for Sixth-form Studies) student Hadley Freeman was back in the city this week to talk to the college’s current students about her journey from CCSS to Oxford and her career in journalism and as an author.

Says CCSS Head of Visual Arts and Media Department Charlie Ritchie: “It was a bit special. Hadley told us about her inspirations and passions and how she overcame a lot of difficulties to secure her current position. She was on her way to the Cheltenham Book festival to promote her latest book on how Hollywood has gone conservative since the fun days of the 80s, and she shared her provocative but sensible take on American politics, celebrity and feminism. I think the students found her funny, friendly, and inspiring, and they had lots of really good questions for her.”

Hadley studied at CCSS from 1993 to 1995 before going on to Oxford University to study English Literature. She is a columnist and writer for the Guardian, where she writes the popular ‘Ask Hadley’ fashion column. She is also the author of books including Be Awesome: Modern Life for Modern Ladies and the Meaning of Sunglasses: A Guide to (Almost) all things Fashionable.

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