Michael Morpurgo – former Children’s Laureate, writer, father, grandfather and ardent advocate for children’s reading – explores how the seminal experience of learning to read has changed over the last 70 years. It is a subject close to his heart …

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In his autobiography, Charles Darwin wrote that if he had his time again he would have “made a rule to read some poetry at least once every week” and that’s exactly what we are endeavouring to do in our new …

“Poetry is eternal graffiti, written in the heart of everyone.” Read More »

Wondering what to expect of an English Literature degree? Or what it is like to study creative writing? Lancaster University are holding English Literature and Creative Writing taster days on Wednesday, 11th February and Wednesday, April 29th. The events will …

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3 hours. Time to read, plan, draft and edit. 2 questions – answer both Equally weighted. Question 1: use your chosen text (there are 5) and accompanying prompt as a stimulus for your own piece of creative writing. Does not …

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Michael Morpurgo explores how the seminal experience of learning to read has changed over the last 70 years. In June 2012, all Year One children in English primary schools will sit a compulsory new “Phonics Screening Check”. Meanwhile, authoritative studies …

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Michael Rosen questions whether we change the way we speak according to the social class of the person we’re speaking to. Novelist Graham Joyce has had an interesting experience with language throughout his life, moving between classes, as has critic …

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Michael Rosen gathers a gaggle of writers and directors to discuss what makes a great character in a book, on the stage and on the radio. Recorded in front of an audience at Arnolfini Centre in Bristol, as part of …

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Words can change lives, bring hope ,but they can also be scary, cruel and cause offence. Michael Rosen explores whether online abuse has more of an impact on us today than face to face.   Listen here.

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Radio 1 presenter Gemma Cairney asks are we different online than in real life? Breakfast presenter Nick Grimshaw says he’s cooler, funnier and more ‘street’ on twitter, while ultra-hip fashion blogger Bip Ling has made up her own language and …

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In the Sins of Literature Robert McCrum casts a seasoned eye over the literary mores of our age. Sarah Waters, Martin Amis, Will Self, Siri Hustvedt, Paul Auster, Deborah Moggach and Howard Jacobson talk about their literary sins and commandments.

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