Melissa Reads… Shakespeare & Company

University of Nebraska Press

My last blog was about the work of Colette, a Parisian known for her scandalous writing and lifestyle. Similarly, Sylvia Beach was renowned for her connections to Paris’s literary scene and its accompanying excess. Her English language bookshop, Shakespeare and … Continue reading

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Melissa Reads… The Ripening Seed

Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette lived a life of angst and drama that put even the exploits of the most rebellious teenager to shame. She spent most of the late Nineteenth Century, and indeed much of the Twentieth, leaving a tsunami of scandal … Continue reading

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Melissa Reads… The Land Where the Blues Began

Although I finished The Land Where the Blues Began a few weeks ago, I hesitated about writing this, because I was worried that the review would be accidentally racist. Being an Anthropology student has made me realise that everyone holds … Continue reading

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Melissa reads… The Silver Linings Playbook

Like many, I was drawn to the idea of reading Matthew Quick’s The Silver Linings Playbook after seeing the recently released film adaptation, starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. It is a quirky comedy about two individuals recovering from mental illnesses banding … Continue reading

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Interview of Graphic Novelists Metaphrog

  Strange Weather Lately: An Interview with metaphrog by Maxwelltown High pupils and Louise Walker, English Teacher Metaphrog is the pseudonym of writer John Chalmers and artist Sandra Marrs. Together they are the authors of a series of graphic novels … Continue reading

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Christmas Post

The festive season has been and gone and like most people it tends to be rather busy and these past four weeks have no exception and have been a whirlwind for me. The first week I spent in bed with … Continue reading

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Is technology the answer?

Is technology the answer to improving education? The technology revolution characterised by the internet, social networks, smart phones, ipads and smart boards promises much when it comes to education. In my own subject, English, with its crucial connection to literacy, … Continue reading

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Christmas past…

This weekend we hung up our advent calendar and filled it with chocolates for the kids. Although they are now both 14 and 18 it still feels right to keep this tradition going.  It is also the appropriate time of … Continue reading

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Glad of the NHS

I’m sitting here with my foot raised and a bag of peas wrapped around my rather bruised and fat ankle having slipped off the last step on the stairs in the house. Although it felt painful at the time I … Continue reading

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Finding my blogging voice…

TOMMY: Who am I, where did I come from? MRS. WALKER: You’re a hero! You are famous! You’re a champion of the young! You are rich, but it’s so absurd to try To explain all the things you’ve done. You’re … Continue reading

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