Month: June 2015

Why I do want you to…

The Washington Post ran a story on 13 June entitled: Teacher: Why I don’t want to assign Shakespeare anymore (even though he’s in the Common Core).  It was written by Valerie Strauss. The original is here.  This is my response… Image: A flaming depiction of William Shakespeare during a fireworks display in England on April 23, 2014. (Reuters/Suzanne Plunkett) I really despair at this. Yes I like Shakespeare and yes, I may be a little biased but that is not the point. This teacher, called Ms Dana Dusbiber, seems to be playing the race card in so much that her...

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Publish On Demand

Two years ago in June 2013 I was getting to the end of the first draft of what would become ‘A Time To Every Purpose’. Albeit it was called “Turners” then and was in need of a bit of a polish. Nevertheless, I began to turn my mind to once it was finished, how would I go about getting it published? The rough concept that I had always imagined was to use the Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook © A&C Black Publishers, trawl through page after page of publishers and literary agents and send off manuscript after extract after cover letter...

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