“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 …

Literary Anniversaries: 08 November Read more »

Yesterday saw around two dozen students from Years 11-13 travel down to Manchester to watch Tennessee Williams’ famous play at the Royal Exchange Theatre. Dreadful roadworks in central Manchester meant we arrived with scant minutes to spare but it took …

Trip to ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ Read more »

I can think of at least two films that honour today’s author by calling him Mister Edgar Allan Poe, who died today in 1849 at the age of only 40.  If you want to know which they are, I reveal the answers …

Literary Anniversaries: 07 October Read more »

Today in 1949, Margaret Mitchell died in Atlanta, Georgia – the town of her birth, 49 years earlier. Only one of Mitchell’s novels was published during her lifetime, but what a novel it is:  the remarkable and memorable Gone With …

Literary Anniversaries: 16 August Read more »

This Autumn we are hoping to take a group of Y12 students to see a production of Tennessee Williams‘ wonderful ‘A Streetcar Named Desire‘, which is one of their A Level texts.  Excitingly, the central role of Banche Dubois (played …

Y12 Theatre Trip: A Streetcar Named Desire (Maxine Peake) Read more »