Recent posts – Page 136

  • A Trip to The Poet’s Favourite Loch

    My passion for Czech writing took me to Prague very soon after the velvet revolution, in those heady days before McDonalds and British stag parties took hold. I felt no increased connection with the works of Klíma, Škvorecký and Kundera when I got there though, just as walking the streets of...

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  • Criticism should build up, not beat down

    When a writer receives feedback on their work they want to feel affirmed. They want to feel all warm and fuzzy inside and be told that one day, they might just win the Booker, or the Pulitzer or even just a writing competition in their local rag. But often, this does not happen. Instead, criticism...

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  • More Than One Way to Share a Book

    Book-sharing tips to engage both parent and child

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  • Coochie, coochie coo! The natural benefits of baby talk

    It’s hard not to do it. When we meet babies and children (and sometimes even pets), our usual manner of speaking is altered. We don’t use the same tones we use when we communicate with other adults but instead we elongate our vowels and vary our tone and pitch. We slow down, pronounce our words...

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  • It’s a book!

    I still remember when my family got our first computer. It was about 20 years ago. The computer was huge; it sat on top of a desk in the living room. It took about 10 minutes to start up. The monitor could only produce green and black images. It was my first experience with technology – and I loved...

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  • Gove strikes again: The folly of phonics testing

    Phonics... Foniks... fawnicks... fonixs... phonix... You get the idea? I'm trying to come up with different letter combinations that you could interpret to be the word 'phonics'. Oh phonics, how I love you and hate you all at the same time. I love that you allow me to be creative with the language...

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