Zoe is a retired teacher and winner of our annual short-story writing competition in 2018.
I had a student who said, “I hate reading. I don’t read.”
I said, “I doubt then that you could read a couple of pages in this lesson.”
She came back five minutes later with, “Done it. Now what?”
Half-way through Year 7 Effie became a reader.
She passed away in Year 11. I was once more her English teacher but it she who was now teaching me about life and death.
In the late nineties I moved schools and I wanted to honour the teenager who gave me my new wisdom.
I went to the Malvern Library. When I took out the book of names I wondered ‘which one’?
I picked Zoe.
It means ‘life’ in Greek.
I made Effie read but she made me reassess life.