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Snitches, Bitches and Witches - Great reasons to read great stories

Painted by Jennie Harbour SNITCHES, BITCHES and WITCHES – Great reasons for great stories No one will deny that things have changed during this pandemic. How we see the world is completely different to how it was only a handful of years ago. Pre Brexit, pre Trump, pre Covid there was a...

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Listen with Mother - Family Literacy Month

LISTEN WITH MOTHER https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9v8KL52BhmE Family literacy Month Without declaring my advanced years – I confess I grew up listening to these radio series. We would rush home from school, grab some lunch – usually cold meats and salad, and then be sitting down at 2pm in...

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We know what we don't know

The lovely Derek Murphy has been reading The Strange Tale of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde for us. When he finished the book he expressed, “I’ve never read the book before and it’s great! I love it.” So wonderful to know that he enjoyed the book but what is not so surprising is that he has not read the...

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Why you should listen to literature

Isulet Gillespie in this excellent animated programme highlights the true adventure and discovery that comes from reading literature. In this instance he talks about Charles Dickens and what a huge impact his stories have had on society for the past 100 years. From the brilliant characterisations...

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Support is essential

SUPPORT IS ESSENTIAL As one is preparing for the long road of life ahead, it is imperative that our children are supported. They need to know that there is someone or something that is protecting them and keeping them safe. It is impossible to learn if you are in a state of fear. Fear of the...

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Sustainability is key for English Classic Story Time

I am very happy to announce that English Classic Story Time has partnered up with the wonderful TreeSisters charity to restore our planet with trees. Obviously books are made of paper, and paper comes from trees, and it was one of my core issues when I set up English Classic Story Time that we...

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Books are Golden

What is a book? What is it that it contains? Being a book lover I feel that I can surround myself with the greatest minds and immerse myself in the knowledge that these people have acquired. It is a short cut, where I can learn from the experiences of others, from the comfort of my lounge, or...

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I love the story teller energy

"I love the story teller energy, and I love the way that that kinda creates such a journey you get to go on." Alica Keyes Jan 2020. Each person has their own story and so often we never explore that story, we talk about the days events or something in common or simply walk by. Alicia in her...

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The Banished Prince

What an interview! I am sure for the decades people will be talking about the explosive Oprah interview with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Banished from the kingdom, or personally extricated, and left in the wide expanses of nothingness. But Prince Harry (or is it the queen in waiting...

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The Aim of a Focused Arrow

Whenever I am struggling with focusing - I always cast my mind back to the 1980's when there was the Japan Festival in London - it was fantastic - everything Japanese from gardens to art displays. And the horseman with their arrows in Hyde Park. My mum was here in one of her rare visits and we...

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