Category: A Level Creative Writing

The Science of Revision …

With mock exams coming up for Years 11, 12 and 13, this feels like a timely article from The Guardian. We all work in different ways, and you need to find a style that helps you.  Personally, I find writing

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And the ‘Word of the Year’ for 2016 is … ?

  Once again, Oxford Dictionaries have announced their words of the year. Last year, you might know that the title was won by an emoji – a sign of the times? Can you guess which words made it into the top

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Student Excellence: Lexi Brockbank (Y11) 2

On 05 November I offered you one of Lexi’s poems, the poignant and yet inspiring ‘Trapped‘.  Here’s another of her works, entitled ‘Ghost Girl‘. Thematically it reminds me a little of Trapped, but there is a less urgent, more reflective pace

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Student Excellence: Lexi Brockbank (Y11)

                    I really like this poem by Lexi – one of two I’ll be posting over the next few weeks. There’s a great use of repetition, which subtly changes at the end

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Feeling rejected? You’re in good company …

All creative writers are probably aware that JK Rowling was famously rejected many times – in fact, one publishing house advised her to get a day job, as she wouldn’t make any money writing children’s books …  the rest, as

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Literary Anniversaries: 21 September

One blog post was never going to be enough to write about today’s two birthday boys – not least that one of them is celebrating his 150th birthday  in 2016! ‘Remember that hope is a good thing, maybe the best

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Forthcoming Events at Barrow Library

Barrow Central Library have a number of exciting events lined up for September … Now’s a good time for you to look at September’s Calendar on the blog, but details of a couple of favourite events appear below …  I

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A2 / AS Exam Results

A massive congratulations to our Y12 and Y13 students on their exam results today. I’m away from Ulverston at the moment, and so unable to name individuals (needing to check for the relevant media permissions first), but we’re delighted to see your effort

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My Writing Day … Mark Haddon

How DO writers write?  Could you throw away 75% of what you wrote, to make the remaining 25% perfect?

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Useful Links page is now up and running

The observant amongst you will have noticed a ‘Useful Links’ tab on the top menu of the blog for a couple of weeks now. Only the downright nosy will probably have realised that the tab is now active, and we are

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