Author: Beth

But how do you read so much?

I’m often asked how I read so much – or people say ‘oh I wish I had time to read’ (often in that passive aggressive way that implies that they’re just doing much more important things, actually – but that’s a different issue). Firstly: I don’t read that much. I average about 50-60 books a ….  Read More

YA Book Feature: A Change Is Gonna Come Anthology (review plus teaching resources)

I have added to and adapted this slightly since its original run. There is more here for A Level Language in particular. Age range: YA (12+) Themes: as this is an anthology, these are really varied, but include: love, sexuality, racism, islamophobia, bereavement, refugees, OCD, friendship, punishment, fantasy, time travel, fairness, identity. Narrative style and genre: ….  Read More

My Top Five Must-Haves for Writing

1 Forest App This really does come first. I’ve used a timer for motivation in all kinds of work for years, and it helps So Much. When I’m struggling to focus (i.e. cataloguing socks is suddenly looking ridiculously tempting), just setting a simple kitchen timer for 15 minutes, putting the phone away, turning wifi off and doing ….  Read More

Problematic texts and reader-writer-text relationships

This is a post I’ve wanted – and hesitated – to write for some time. Like many readers (and writers), I worry about representation, about #ownvoices, about the balance between books showing diversity and getting that diversity right. Clearly, there’s a world of difference between wanting to reflect the world around you with a diverse ….  Read More

Discourses: How do I write about Language for a non-specialist audience?

In several of the A-Level English Language specifications, you are required to write about Language topics for a non-specialist or general audience. In the specification I know best, AQA, this comes under the heading of ‘Language Discourses’, because it is the place – in the world and specifically the media – where language is discussed. ….  Read More

some book covers to be featured in the coming months

Welcome to my new online home

I’m having a fresh (online, at least) start here. Bear with me while I shuffle some things around in the background 🙂 I promise this site will feature the following though: info on my books bookish content such as reviews and recommendations language content useful for teachers (esp A Level Eng Lang teachers) writing chat ….  Read More