His breathing labours over my shoulder, huffing out breath perfumed with ham and disappointment. My hands clunk over the keys, slip off the C sharp, snag on the C. I can … Continue reading An Instruction
Recently, a man complained about being forced to go to ‘consent’ lessons at University. I can see his point. Not only is it a little bit insulting, but it’s probably a … Continue reading What the ‘Consent’ Conversation is Missing
I’ve always been a perpetual starter. So many hobbies, instruments, sports, arts, languages, begun but never mastered. Yet I’ve just finished the third draft of my first novel, and have … Continue reading How to be Awesome
The nugget of something Is there But in the act of putting it on the page It disappears No flare of wit or will Nothing to separate Me From all … Continue reading The Enemy
I find myself in the glorious position of having completed the second draft of my novel. It feels infinitely more satisfying than the first. Then, I knew there was a … Continue reading Editing Backwards
Just, WOW. The Women of the World festival at the Southbank Centre in London is in its 5th year, and going strong. It lasts for an entire week, and involves … Continue reading WOW
I found myself in the unusual situation of defending my position on educating 11-16-year-olds about the world around them and was told that this was ‘A-level.’ Unfortunately this person held … Continue reading Teaching Beyond the Test!
Cross-curricular concepts As a teacher in a secondary school, we are constantly bombarded with new initiatives, ideas and concepts that are to be ’embedded’ into the school as a whole. … Continue reading ‘Embedding’ across the curriculum – real possibility or box-checking exercise?