Thomas Hardy for beginners

Just something I did with A Level Literature students to help them get a grasp of the narrative. The Story of Tess. This is the story of a young girl who should have been content with the lot that was given to her in life. She was born into a family that had descended from... Continue Reading →

Because We Must

Getting into trouble has become a thing with me and my new life. When burnout came a calling, I made a promise to myself that I would not live the rest of my life on somebody else's terms. Not being wealthy puts me at a disadvantage. Existing lower down the food-chain makes me even more... Continue Reading →

Feminist Plot To Take Our Young…

I have been shocked and saddened of late by the responses of young people to this particular concept. When talked about in relation to the study of literature, many seemed to roll eyes, exchange knowing looks, or just wince. It was a shared belief that the nutty old teacher was on one of his idealogical... Continue Reading →

Try your best, fail well…

I'm reading his autobiography and finding it fascinating. Here was a man that spent the first part of his life finding himself whilst not bathing. The second part saw him change the world. Then he died.

The Sun Is The Same…

Harry had been at the centre for many months. He couldn't remember exactly when or how he got there, but that was true of most things that happened to him and everything else these days. The other residents were moving around, shuffling past long clouds of tobacco smoke and into the routine of hushed morning... Continue Reading →


There was never a sound beside the wood but one,And that was my long scythe whispering to the ground.What was it it whispered? I knew not well myself;Perhaps it was something about the heat of the sun,Something, perhaps, about the lack of sound—And that was why it whispered and did not speak.It was no dream... Continue Reading →

Of The North

Kevin’s expression spoke of his problems with sleep. He was ashen-faced and his eyes seemed to have sunk into his head a little too far. I greeted him with a Monday morning cheer that went some way to being a grunt. His response was even more dismal. “What’s wrong, Kevin?” Kevin is like me. We... Continue Reading →

Plotting Books

"So how do you plot your books, Mike?" I had taken the liberty of showing some of my Literature students an extract from one of my Piper books. There are some incredibly bright kids in that group so I was pleased that I got a very favourable response. "I have an idea. If I can... Continue Reading →

Braver Again…

I was looking through the news this morning and found yet another story about a famous person who has suffered from mental issues. The guy was a sportsman, a top-class goalkeeper, who nose-dived into that pit of despair and anxiety that seems to be affecting more and more of the 'normal' population. Because of his... Continue Reading →

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