(School) Life Through A Lens

When we first went into lockdown in March 2020, I was 7 months into self-employment, doing lots of bits and bobs in education and publishing. Within a couple of hours, I had had every single part of my work cancelled. It is not the fault of the schools or the organisations I was with, but […]

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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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