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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We remember the lives of two very different writers today. ‘Tragedy’ and the ‘tragic’ are over-used words, descriptions I tend to avoid unless teaching Shakespeare.  How do we define something as tragic?  Perhaps Wilfred Owen’s death at the age of …

Literary Anniversaries: 04 November Read More »

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“Some people care too much. I think it’s called love.” A recent poll voted Winnie-the-Pooh, the Bear of Little Brain, as Britain’s Favourite Bear.  I know, because I voted for him.  The next bears, Paddington and Rupert, received less than half …

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For fans or students of Angela Carter, it’s worth noting that the BBC seem to regularly stage her work, or feature her in their playlist of favourite/important authors. And here are a couple more links to radio adaptations that are …

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Many red devils ran from my heart And out upon the page. They were so tiny The pen could mash them. And many struggled in the ink. It was strange To write in this red muck Of things from my …

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Today, in 1795, the Romantic poet John Keats was born.  I seem to be writing a LOT about writers who died young at the moment.  We regularly talk about early deaths being ‘tragic’, but I think that in the case …

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Today sees us kicking off a new series … Poem Of The Week.  Please check back every Monday to see what the weekly poem is.  Better still – suggest a poem for the series! As well as the wonderful short …

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      “And did you really have the three wishes granted?” asked Mrs. White. “I did,” said the sergeant-major, and his glass tapped against his strong teeth. “And has anybody else wished?” persisted the old lady. “The first man …

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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 …

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“Is the spring coming?” he said. “What is it like?”… “It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine…”   Today we commemorate the life of the celebrated children’s author, Frances Hodgson Burnett, who …

Literary Anniversaries: 29 October Read More »

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