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Quote of the Day: Ian McEwan

If you could make a change to anything you’ve written over the years, what would it be? From my first book, First Love, Last Rites – remove all the pretentious commas doing the work of full stops and replace with full stops.

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New English GCSEs: a guide for Parents and Carers

I genuinely enjoy Parents’ Evenings, and the Year 11 event held earlier this week was no exception:  well attended, and happily, with plenty of positives to report to the families of my class.

Posted in GCSE, GCSE English Language, GCSE English Literature, KS4, News, Parents

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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A rose by any other name …

… would smell as sweet, right?  Most of us, Shakespeare fans or not, will be familiar with Juliet’s line, telling us that names do not define what things -or people- are …

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Margaret Atwood writes fan fiction … of Shakespeare

Fan Fiction.  Margaret Atwood. Regular readers of these pages will know that as a pretty big fan of Atwood’s I might expect people to write fan fiction based on her worlds and characters, and yet her latest work, Hag Seed,

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Are Song Lyrics ‘Literature’?

Is it inevitable that a song-writer would eventually win the Nobel Prize for Literature?  And if so, who else could win it other than Bob Dylan?

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Borderlines 2016: Carlisle Book Festival

A reminder to you that the fourth Carlisle Book Festival kicks off this time next week, running from 07-10 October. For more information on the range of activities and guest speakers, click here … See you there?

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It’s OFFICIAL: Read to Relax

Well the results are in, as if you needed proof anyway.  A survey of over 18,000 people in a massive 134 countries across the globe resulted in a list of the top 10 most restful activities …

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Welcome to English: Open Evening activities

We’re very much looking forward to seeing you all later today at our Open Evening. So, what have we got in store for you?  Here’s just a taste of the things you can do …

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Borderlines 2016: the third Carlisle Book Festival

“October 2016 sees the return of Borderlines Carlisle Book Festival to this ancient Cumbrian city for a third outing. A festival for readers and writers, with talks, poetry and workshops held in 4 venues in the city centre, including the Cathedral.” So,

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