Category: KS3

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

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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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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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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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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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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 …

Literary Anniversaries: 26 September Read More »

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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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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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