Saturday, 5 September 2020
Monday, 17 August 2020
Animal Farm, the allegorical novella by George Orwell, was first published in England on 17 August 1945. Still relevant today.
‘All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.’
“Twelve voices were shouting in anger, and they were all alike. No question, now, what had happened to the faces of the pigs. The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.“
Wednesday, 12 August 2020
Tuesday, 12 May 2020
Friday, 8 May 2020
This week, the poet Roger Robinson was awarded the Ondaatje Prize for his collection A Portable Paradise (Peepal Tree Press). The annual prize rewards a work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry that best evokes a sense of place. On winning the prize Roger Robinson said: “Gaining wider recognition for the political issues that are raised in A Portable Paradise is one of the most important things for me, alongside more people reading about the struggles of black communities in Britain which hopefully creates some deeper resonating empathy.”
And if I speak of Paradise,
who told me to carry it always
on my person, concealed, so
no one else would know but me.
That way they can’t steal it, she’d say.
And if life puts you under pressure,
trace its ridges in your pocket,
smell its piney scent on your handkerchief,
hum its anthem under your breath.
And if your stresses are sustained and daily,
get yourself to an empty room – be it hotel,
hostel or hovel – find a lamp
and empty your paradise onto a desk:
your white sands, green hills and fresh fish.
Shine the lamp on it like the fresh hope
of morning, and keep staring at it till you sleep.
Roger Robinson, A Portable Paradise, published by Peepal Tree Press.
Monday, 4 May 2020
Pearson English Spring Days is an inspiring learning event designed to provide you with fresh ideas for now and the future. Over 40 sessions from 20 specialist speakers for professional development, expert advice, tips and conversation.
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