escaping quarantine through stories…
I’ve done it again and left a fortnight gap between posts (they’re adding up…), but – excuses, excuses – I’ve been bound to piles of marking and, more excitingly, I’ve started a new hobby (kung fu!). Despite this busy time, I’m making my slow way through an amazing novel-in-translation (that I’ll write about in a […]
I missed blogging last week because I went to therapy (IOU one post). It was my third visit. Every time I go I feel courageous, because I’m still trying to shed off the (stupid) feeling of stigma, and I worry about sharing parts of myself with someone else. But, in truth, therapy has been amazing. […]
I’ve been trying to work out what Carson McCullers’ The Ballad of the Sad Café is about. I spent a while pondering over who the hero and villain were, because every character comes across as mean in their own way. But I guess that’s what makes the story realistic: humans are fallible. I’ve come to […]
We’re getting nearer to school re-openings, so I figure it’s the perfect time to write a bit more about education. This summer I read Alex Johnson’s How To Give Your Child A Lifelong Love of Reading and, although it is targeted at parents (and teachers) of primary-school-aged children, I found some fantastic tips and ideas […]
While reading Women & Power by Mary Beard, I started to think about my voice as a female teacher, and how limiting it can be. So how can we, the whole community of educators, challenge this limitation? I think it comes, in part, down to changing our titles. I struggle to see any freedom in […]
This week’s guest post is by Georgia Stares. Honeyman beautifully presents the inner workings of Eleanor’s misunderstood mind: we quickly learn to love Eleanor and root for her throughout the novel. Her narration of events is very matter of fact – making Eleanor, for me, a complex, almost unreadable character. It was never clear to […]
I tried to read The Fellowship of the Ring at the start of summer, having looked forward to it for ages, but my mind wouldn’t fall into Tolkien’s world. I was looking for inspiration for ecopoetry, but my creative juices began to sputter and dry up, and suddenly I felt like an imposter. Was I […]
This week’s guest post is by Andrew Roberts. I’ve often joked that one of the reasons I came to university was to play Dungeons & Dragons again. When asked if that’s how I spend my time at university, I say it’s what got me into writing in the first place. Even today, I often wonder […]
I’m writing today from Pembrokeshire, where I’ve spent the last few days walking the coast and taking notes. I felt a little unmotivated during July, but being in this incredible place has given me some ideas for new stories and poems. The sea is always inspiring. Over the last few weeks I’ve missed writing my […]
It’s SUMMER!!! I was travelling yesterday, so I’m posting this 12 hours after my usual deadline for posts (Wednesdays and Sundays at 7pm), but this feels like an apt moment to tell my awesome subscribers that I’m taking a month off so I can read as many books as possible without a deadline. (I’ve also […]
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