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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 …

Waterstones Children’s Books Prize 2017 Read More »

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Follow this link for an interesting selection of female characters … the comments underneath the article also give further suggestions. Which ones have you read?  Do you agree with their inclusion?  What’s missing from the list?  

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 …

FREE AUDIO: A Streetcar Named Desire Read More »

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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. …

Quote of the Day: Ian McEwan Read More »

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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.

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 …

Feeling rejected? You’re in good company … Read More »

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… 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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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, …

Margaret Atwood writes fan fiction … of Shakespeare Read More »

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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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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?