Monthly Archive: February 2017

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Vocab development: Tone

It’s sometimes hard thinking of alternative words to use when you’re writing, and finding a thesauris sometimes just isn’t an option. Thanks to some dedicated wordsmiths, linked are some prompts on Tone. Literally adding...

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Does grammar matter?

Walking up/down Regent Street in London the other day, I spotted a building called Goldsmiths’ Company. Wow, there was an apostrophe and … it was after the ‘s’. This got me thinking (again) whether...

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Should it stay or should it go?

One of the most challenging aspects of writing is deciding what to include and what to leave out. Too much unnecessary detail and your reader switches off, not enough and you lose them. There...

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Books on or by Rhys

Twitter is a wonderful source of inspiration and snippets of useful and useless information. It’s thanks to the tweet below that this post came into being… Eliot Bliss and Jean Rhys https://t.co/SfUKlS8VuG pic.twitter.com/Blrr6Y2OzI —...

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Polish Writers take on Poole

Literary evening of two Polish writers, 4 February 2017, Poole Fundraising event in an aid of ABC Polish Saturday School K. Makuszynski in Poole Two Polish writers, Anna Ryland, whose debut novel A Second...

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Reasons authors must read

As a teacher I would always challenge my teenage and young adult learners to write the counter-case for example in South African history Verwoerd is regarded as a villan for introducing apartheid. However, the...

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Library Rules

When I first visited the Bodleian Library in Oxford as part of an FE College outreach programme for History teachers, I was tickled by the process we had to go through in order to...

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Call for Monologues – deadline 30 April 2017

Monologue Compilation TSL Drama is looking for unpublished monologues of minimum 10 minute duration around the theme of Relationships to go into a compilation. Monologues should be submitted by the author direct to TSL...