Monthly Archives: April 2012

Inspiring through Illustrating: Ulysses Illustration Workshop, Sat. May 5th, Oxford

When attempting to inspire someone to read a great text, must we always begin with reading the text? What if we were to draw or paint the text? Can illustration be a type of reading, a form of interpretation? This … Continue reading

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Reflection on the Engage workshop by Candice Satchwell

Thinking about inspiration, and what inspires us as teachers, and our students as eager learners, is something we might not often have time to do. As a lecturer in higher education within a further education college (HE in FE), I … Continue reading

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Engage event: On becoming a good reader, by Karen Johnson

The most illuminating talk for me was the four short lectures on what is a great writer. Ideas revolved around audiences, institutions, politics and – a lovely question – are you a great reader? It’s a question I’ve avoided for … Continue reading

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Engage Event: Where We Go From Here

For me the take-away from the two day Engage Event was where we can go with the Great Writers Inspire website from here. We have six months left on the project (unless any eccentric billionaires feel like funding us for longer), so … Continue reading

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Shakespeare Concordance: A Great Resource

Ever wanted to know how many times the word ‘revenge’ appears in Hamlet? How about ‘love’ in Romeo and Juliet? Or every mention of ‘war’ in Shakespeare’s cannon? If you don’t want to go through and count very carefully, then … Continue reading

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Engaging with Ourselves: The Inspiration of Encountering Great Writing by Sandy Braddick

I find that inspiration is often gained through contact with enthusiasm, genuine expertise or entertaining ideas that signpost new journeys with a writer. The author’s concentrated focus on themes and ideas can reveal new delights, depth and a new appreciation … Continue reading

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Engage Event: Some Personal Reflections

My most salient recollection from last week’s Engage Event is the enormous amount of enthusiasm circulating around the small and somewhat-stuffy windowless room in Oxford University Computing Services. We were not a huge group – around 12 external delegates, about … Continue reading

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Happy World Book Night

Tonight is World Book Night…   As their website explains: ‘World Book Night is a celebration of reading and books which sees tens of thousands of passionate volunteers gift books in their communities to share their love of reading.   … Continue reading

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See Shakespeare in Oxford: Upcoming Productions

Today is the official birthday of William Shakespeare, the greatest English poet (go on, disagree with me, I dare you). It’s also the official start date for the World Shakespeare Festival, which means that internationally-themed productions of Shakespeare’s works will … Continue reading

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NY Times on How to Inspire Students

In relation to the issues discussed at Thursday and Friday’s workshop, a recent NY Times editorial discusses teaching literature, inspiring students, and how that does (or does not) relate to improvement in student test scores. Read the article here. Also, … Continue reading

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