Category: Enrichment

Reading Allowed* for Autumn …

Our programme for the next Reading Allowed* event – the penultimate of the year – has a varied programme including classic autumnal fare by Walter de La Mare, a short story by Graham Greene and we get bang up to

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How well do you know your poetic devices?

I’m sure my students are completely fed up with hearing me bang on about ‘subject terminology’ – that special vocabulary, those names for writing tools, which are unique to the subject.  Thing is, they form part of the mark-scheme at

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Our next ‘Reading Allowed’* event …

* pun intended If you were at last year’s ‘Woman In Black‘ series of events, we hope you won’t need persuading to come to our next outing … First-timers will find a fun, informal and friendly evening, where we aim

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Jane Austen and the new £10 note

This week, pupils were asked to nominate British authors who should be featured on a £20 note …

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Crimes Against Shakespeare …

If you know me, you know how much I like – no, am obsessed by – Shakespeare.  I’m such a fan that I’m currently reading one play per month until April 2020! So, imagine my horror when I saw this

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Waterstones Children’s Books Prize 2017

The latest prize has been awarded to Kiran Millwood Hargraves for an adventure book – The Girl of Ink and Stars – which is in fact her debut novel.   Here’s a synopsis: “Isabella Riosse is the daughter of a

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Poem of the Week: w/c 03 April

With the Easter holidays approaching, I thought I’d find something appropriate. GK Chesterton is mostly famous for his Father Brown detective stories, the detective being a priest.  This reflects his religious interests, also echoed in the biblical references towards the end

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FREE AUDIO: A Streetcar Named Desire

You can access a BBC production of Tennessee Williams’ important play by clicking this link.  The link is valid until 24 April. A Streetcar Named Desire (one of our A Level texts) is on the surface a domestic drama – the

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Poem of the Week: 05 December 2016

Here’s something simple, accessible but evocative, to match the increasingly-shorter days and the cold snap we have been experiencing. What stuck in my mind, from all the poems I’ve read over the years?  The idea of the icy wind being

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Literary Anniversaries: 02 December

We looked at Philip Larkin’s life and times when celebrating his birthday back in August – click here for that post. What more can we say?

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