Monthly Archives: July 2012

Using Our Resources in Teaching

For the next fortnight, I am teaching English at one of the many summer schools which take place in Oxford and other university cities in the UK. In putting together my course for five 17-18 year olds who want to … Continue reading

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Fiction is a Workout for your Brain

New research from Stanford University’s Professor Joshua Landy says that reading fiction is a sort of olympics for the mind, improving our reasoning, rational thought, and abstract reasoning. Read the full article here, and finally have an excuse for reading … Continue reading

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Timon of Athens exhibit at the National Theatre

If you’re in London this August and want to learn a little more about the process of adapting Shakespeare for the stage, the National Theatre on London’s Southbank have a free exhibition about the making of their current production of William … Continue reading

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Generating Joyce! Moving forward with Modernism!

Great news for Joyce enthusiasts and the Joyce-curious… Our Joyce section is growing; we now offer the following Joycean delights: A biography of Joyce A growing selection of short Joyce-related lectures A range of computerised visualisations of Joyce’s texts A … Continue reading

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Wikicommons: Public Domain Images

You may have noticed in your delighted perusing of our delightful blog that many (or most) of our images are sourced from Wikicommons. So a short explanation: Wikicommons is a database of images, sounds, and videos (with the emphasis on … Continue reading

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Join the Campaign: Digitising the Bodleian’s copy of Shakespeare’s First Folio

Get involved with the Bodleian Library’s Sprint for Shakespeare Campaign, dedicated to generating the support and funds necessary for the Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford to safely digitise their copy of the 1623 Shakespeare First Folio. While you … Continue reading

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Schools Engagement at Cheney – Teachers’ Comments

As promised in my previous post, below are some brief comments from two of Cheney’s English teachers: Pat Tope, Leader of Key Stage 5, and Gary Snapper, a department teacher with a research interest in the transition from A-Level to … Continue reading

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Schools Engagement at Cheney, Oxford

On Friday 22nd June I returned to my old school – Cheney, Oxford. Accompanied by fellow student ambassador Kate O’Connor, I introduced A-level English students (year 12, going on 13) to, discussed my ‘great writer’, and received some really … Continue reading

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The Importance of Being Wilde

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) was a playwright, poet, novelist, story-writer, journalist, essayist, epigrammist, father,  husband, and convicted homosexual. He was a daunting wit, a committed aesthete, and remains … Continue reading

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