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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: 09 November

The only problem with Haiku is that you just get started and then We have two literary anniversaries to explore today, both of them poets. Firstly, 09 November marks the death of Dylan Thomas in 1953.  You can find out

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Where to start with Shakespeare?

For ages I’ve been thinking of producing something like this (and indeed a similar version for science fiction), so I was simultaneously thrilled and jealous to find a flowchart which picks a Shakespeare play for you, based on your preferences.

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Things That Go Bump In The … Library

It was a dark and blustery night in October.  The wind howled as it sent the clouds racing across the moon’s unhappy scowl, and the trees lost their leaves as they shook their fists at the young children passing by …

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Literary Anniversaries: 26 September

Today’s birthday author is Mark Haddon, born in 1962. Haddon wrote his first novel, The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time (2003) as a book for adults, and yet it won the Whitbread Prize for children’s fiction and I

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Literary Anniversaries: 24 September

I feel a bit of a fraud writing today’s anniversary post for F Scott Fitzgerald, born today in 1896. That’s because Mr. Martin (Head of English!) has an almost legendary love for the novel The Great Gatsby (1925), whilst to

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Literary Anniversaries: 10 August

Today, in 1962, Suzanne Collins was born in Connecticut, United States. She needs little introduction of course, although many people don’t realise that she was a successful author of work for children before The Hunger Games came along.

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Student Excellence: The Silver Sword storyboard

Both my Year 7 classes studied this novel for the Summer term.  Although I’d not read it before, it took me back to my childhood when I read a few books by Ian Serraillier … I could tell you what

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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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Quentin Blake talks about Roald Dahl

It’s hard to visualise any of Roald Dahl‘s books without the unmistakable style of Quentin Blake’s illustrations coming to mind.  They’re inseparable!

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