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Mother Tongue

April 2nd, 2021

First, thanks to Hilary for last week’s post. You have to agree that having a deeper than normal understanding of what goes on in the human psyche is a great advantage if you’re writing a character-driven novel or story. It must certainly help when it comes to making your people’s motives realistic.

I think that someone should make this point to the BBC and the vast majority of its scriptwriters. In the past few months I don’t think I’ve ever watched more series where the characters and plots are so unrealistic and unbelievable. I know we talk about new mothers having ‘baby brain’ but I think a lot of the people writing for TV have got ‘pandemic brain’ – in other words, a captive audience so they don’t need to try as hard. Shame on them! Read the rest of this entry »




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Poetry, Articles and Novels – Something for Everyone!

July 2nd, 2019

First, thanks to Amanda for last week’s post. I’ve never been a fan of ‘up-lit’ (I enjoy a bit of doom and gloom in my reading matter), but I recently read Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and I’m a convert!

As you know, we’re currently running our annual Poetry Competition. Unfortunately, it’s only for adults, but the 2019 Betjeman Poetry Prize is open to young people aged 10 to 13. So, if you’re a teacher, or feel that your child’s class might be interested then please spread the word. It’s free to enter, but the prizes are great. This year’s theme is ‘place’ and entries can be any length and in any style. The winner will receive £500 and the English department at their school will get £5000. Two runners up will each get £200 and the top three poets all get four Eurostar tickets to Paris, Brussels or Lille. I know it’s nearing the end of term, but with prizes like that it’s definitely worth thinking about . The closing date is the same as ours – 31st July. Read the rest of this entry »




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