Top posts of 2013

Review: Don’t Call it Literacy!

Geoff Barton’s essential guidebook is not only easy to read but highly practicalThe Daily Telegraph’s report that students from independent schools dominate entry to many leading universities should concern anyone in state education. The gap in educational attainment between the wealthiest and the poorest seems to be growing, not receding. We face problems with literacy…

Reasons to Study English Literature: Our Spiritual Quest

Geneva Bible

The second in an occasional series for A level students which this time takes a very personal angle on the nature of literary study. Readers of Mister Pip will appreciate the transcendent power of literature: on a war torn Pacific island, the Victorian novel Great Expectations transforms a young girl. It’s a powerful illustration of how story crosses…

A Rosy ‘Importance’!

Publicity Poster for Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest – Rose Theatre, Kingston Upon Thames Written over a hundred years ago, Oscar Wilde’s comedies remain popular. Last year, it was the turn of An Ideal Husband to grace the West End, alongside countless amateur, school and regional productions. And this year, within the last month, two productions of The…