Reflections on ‘Writing for Pleasure’: Creating a community of writers

I am making my way though Ross Young and Felicity Ferguson’s encyclopaedic new guide to the teaching of writing – Writing for Pleasure (Routledge). Each chapter ends with some reflective questions, and I am going to answer them. This kind of reflective writing always helps me to understand my practice, which is something that is […]

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Strangers

I’ve been thinking about my encounters with strangers. I veer between feeling quite extroverted and stiflingly introverted. I have been the keynote speaker at a conference, and have enjoyed the moment enormously until suddenly, I feel like I am suffocating and need to escape. Within the space of five minutes I can go from feeling […]

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” You say Garibaldi!” – 9 more ways to inject poetry into the primary school

It was brilliant to engage with so many people after posting the first set of eighteen ideas for bringing poetry to life in the primary school. I got a lot of enjoyment from pulling them together, and just as much from chatting to teachers, friends and even some poets about it all. It helped me to reflect more […]

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