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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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Quiz Time: how well do you know English phrases?

Let’s start the month with another quiz! English is full of colloquialisms – informal words or phrases – and my students get to hear quite a few strange ones, with my Southern dialect confusing their Northern ears … for instance,

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Literary Anniversaries: 28 November

Today we celebrate a birth and commemorate two deaths. Let’s start with the deaths – of two beloved children’s writers: Ian Serraillier died in 1994.  You can find out more about his life and works by clicking here, where we wished

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Poem of the Week: 28 November

  Many of you will know that this coming Wednesday is St. Andrew’s Day, so I wanted – for the second week running – to use a poem by a Scottish poet.  And then, given last week’s Y11 Sixth Form

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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: FREE audio and more

  “All human beings, as we meet them, are commingled out of good and evil: and Edward Hyde, alone, in the ranks of mankind, was pure evil.” Whilst Y11 draw towards the end of their Victorian Literature studies, it’s not too

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