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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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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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Poem of the Week: 21 November

I’ve chosen this week’s poem for its autumnal sense of longing – it’s a Scottish poem, but fits the ‘untranslatable’ Welsh concept of ‘hiraeth’ – nostalgia, homesickness, grief or sadness for things which you are exiled from, through time and/or

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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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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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Literary Anniversaries: 08 November

“Long is the way and hard, that out of Hell leads up to light.” You can probably tell from this Literary Anniversaries series that this is something I’ve been interested in for a while.  It’ll come as no surprise that

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Poem Of The Week: 07 November 2016

We rightly look back on the beginnings of wars, and celebrate the ends of them. What might we think about in terms of 1916? This week’s poem was chosen to match the Remembrance Day commemorations later this week.  I’ve already

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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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