If you won’t read, we can’t share: the one about X Factor, poo and Book Week Scotland

Posted by on Nov 26, 2013 in Articles, Communication, Content, Events, reading | 2 comments

The last person to raise a hand when the English teacher asks for a volunteer to read aloud is always the budding writer. It’s often left to their classmates, the ones who dream of being singers, dancers and actors. Appearing on Desert Island Discs the award-winning author and Children’s Laureate, Malorie Blackman talked about her reluctance to read out her own work at a writing group. Eventually after many weeks, she was told to ‘either poo or...

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Why ‘it’s been an amazing journey’ should be banned

Posted by on Nov 29, 2012 in Communication, Writing style |

This week saw the world premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, a film telling a story where characters go on ‘a journey’. At the start Bilbo Baggins is just like us, living his ordinary life, but by the end he will have become a hero. As he moves through his journey he is transformed by the challenges he must face. For Bilbo these threats are much more serious than whether his pastry will have a soggy bottom. But that doesn’t mean every...

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