About the Author

Spring 2015 055I am an independent writer and publisher with a particular interest in classic fiction. My many years of academic study and school-teaching have made me very good at writing about literature, as you can see from the free material I’ve made available on the ‘English Resources’ page of this blog.

My goal is to help as many people as possible to enjoy classic fiction, always bearing in mind C S Lewis’ astute comment in The Horse and His Boy:

‘in Calormen, story-telling (whether the stories are true or made up) is a thing you’re taught, just as English boys and girls are taught essay-writing. The difference is that people want to hear the stories, whereas I never heard of anyone who wanted to read the essays.’

5 thoughts on “About the Author

  1. I came across your blog quite by accident while doing some research online regarding Reading Recovery. While I’m not a teacher (I am a teacher’s aide in the United States) I’ve always been deeply interested in education and am concerned about many of the trends I see in education – both what is expected of teachers and what is expected (and often not expected) of students. I look forward to reading all your past blog posts as the little I’ve read so far has struck a chord with me.

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  3. Thanks. One part of teaching literature that I love is introducing students to things they didn’t know about. My Year 13 class is getting to grips with Chaucer and it’s great fun to get them in to the world of the writer. However, the general lack of knowledge about history, literary heritage and language does make this quite slow and painful. The focus on more utilitarian (by which I mean the presumption of a career path) I think is getting in the way of schools teaching knowledge and this, I think is hampering the development of skills. One cannot be evaluative or analytical if one has nothing to evaluate or think about?


  4. I haven’t got anything profound to say about education theory as I’m a recently qualified teacher. I just wanted to say thank you for your generosity in making your resources freely available. I’ve spent this morning reading your model essays on An Inspector Calls and they have significantly deepened my knowledge. This, in turn, will inform my teaching. Brilliant!


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