I’m sitting by myself in the Wetherspoons at Liverpool Lime Street station, in the pre-weekend hubbub of a humid Friday afternoon. There’s a poetry book on the table in front of me, a film script on my phone, and I’m waiting for a man I’ve never met to arrive on the London train. How did this happen? Continue reading
Every now and then I stumble across bits of Shakespeare which make me catch my breath with their brilliance. Here’s Mark Antony, lamenting Caesar’s murder and predicting bloody civil war and turmoil:
O, pardon me, thou bleeding piece of earth,
That I am meek and gentle with these butchers!
Thou art the ruins of the noblest man Continue reading
On the day when Britain’s second female Prime Minister takes office, it seems like a good time to talk about ‘Top Girls’. Continue reading
An interesting take on how to help young people get the most out of Shakespeare, from a fellow blogger and teacher of English Literature:
I was wary of teaching Shakespeare too early on in secondary school. I know there are people who think ‘the younger the better’, but the other side of that idea is dealing with the kind of questions students are likely to ask; I have never been one to censor anything in the classroom, and so waiting until students were – hopefully – of a suitable mature age to be given honest and truthful answers to their questions, felt more sensible to me. Inevitably questions about sex would arise: Shakespeare is full of allusions, references, and, more than anything, word-play. Explaining Romeo and Juliet even to Y9 students demanded a certain level of care… so my personal preference was to wait until Y9.
There is the idea of beginning earlier with something more…
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11YO has been studying Macbeth in high school this term, and as there was a production of it at our local Leeds Arts Centre recently, I thought I’d give her the opportunity to experience it as it was intended – as a piece of live theatre. (She’s also seen this episode of Blackadder and wanted to know what it was all about!) Continue reading
It’s the final day of my three quotes challenge. I’ve really enjoyed leafing through some old books and remembering some favourite old lines. Thanks again to Erin and Deeksha for prompting me to do this!
Anyway, in case you haven’t picked up the rules of this challenge by now, they’re as follows: Continue reading
I’ve been nominated by Deeksha and Erin, two fellow bloggers, to take part in this challenge. At first I thought I’d have to decline, as I simply couldn’t think of any good quotes, but while I was tackling the laundry yesterday, for some reason I suddenly started remembering plenty of good ones!
Here’s how this challenge works: Continue reading