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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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.

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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Casting back to my dim and distant childhood, I’m not sure if I can remember anyone who had more influence on me until I made the transition to reading ‘adult’ books than today’s birthday boy … Robert Louis Stevenson, sometimes described …

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“He Who Marches Out Of Step Hears Another Drum” Back in September we celebrated the birth of Ken Kesey, author of ‘One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest‘.  Today, we commemorate his death in 2001. But we also have an important …

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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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“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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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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I wonder if it’s frustrating to be an accomplished author of a series of books, but to only really be well known for your very first novel? Today, we celebrate the birth of Michelle Magorian, born in 1947. OK, so …

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John Wyndham’s classic 1957 take on alien invasion is available for free for three weeks via this link.  The novel is dramatised in three 30-minute episodes. So what’s the fuss about?  Why should you listen to it?

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