Honour, riches, marriage-blessing,
Long continuance, and increasing,
Hourly joys be still upon you!
Juno sings her blessings upon you.
, IV.i) The Tempest
It wasn’t just Twitter’s #ShakespeareSunday that was focused on love and marriage this weekend … if
last week gave me an opportunity to reappraise Father’s Day from different perspectives, then Saturday’s wedding of my eldest has given me something else to think about …
Continue reading “QotW (#80): 24 June 2019”
Today marks the beginning of one of the most eagerly anticipated parts of the school year … the final summer half-term. The countdown’s on, for teachers at least: Can we send the Y11s on study leave yet, Headmaster? They’re getting restless … [image: June, The Shepheardes Calendar] weeks; 7 working days; a maximum of 35 lessons with each of those classes. 28
Continue reading “QotW #78: 03 June 2019”
Too many books? I think you mean ‘ not enough shelves‘ …
It’s become a habit, when visiting a second-hand and/or independent bookshop, never to leave empty-handed.
I think that’s all the more worth thinking about this week, when
the Guardian reports that two ‘iconic’ British bookshops are closing. Like our libraries, it’s so obviously ‘ use them or lose them‘ …
So, my travels taking me a little further afield than normal, I wanted to give a bit of free publicity to the excellent two bookshops I came across:
Broadleaf Books, in Abergavenny; and
Second Chapter Books, in Shrewsbury (who have a highly respectable – and rare – Science Fiction section)
Continue reading “Half Term Book Haul (May 2019)”
Past a certain stage in studying literature, you begin to understand, perhaps better appreciate, the fact that texts are
I choose ‘entities ‘ deliberately, firmly believing texts have their own independent post-publication existences: a subject for another time, perhaps)
Continue reading “[book review] Clare Asquith: Shakespeare and the Resistance”
When you teach
you almost inevitably touch on the idea that ‘history is written by the winners’, as Richard III Orwell said in 1944 (and again, of course, so horrifically in ). [a] Nineteen Eighty-Four
Who were victorious over
Robert Devereux, second Earl of Essex in the end? Would he have recognised the history they wrote for him?
Continue reading “QotW (#77): 20 May 2019”
“… though she be but little, she is fierce” A Midsummer Night’s Dream (III,ii)
Not just married to Edward II. Not simply denounced by history as the ‘
‘. As if all that wasn’t enough, she was relegated to a footnote in She Wolf of France last week‘s QotW.
It’s her turn. Be afraid.
Continue reading “QotW#76: 13 May 2019”
Last week’s pre-exam discussions with Year 13 looked again at how we might adopt a Feminist critical stance to our exam texts. The fabled
, I hear OCR students gasp … AO5
Continue reading “QotW (#75): 06 May 2019”