Word that the local doctor was leaving hadn’t reached my ears so I was surprised at seeing the little waiting-room packed to the rafters with patients. I finally managed to sit down and the elderly woman next to me explained, ‘He’s leaving on Monday so everyone is here to get their prescriptions. He’s writing prescriptions left, right and centre.’ Doctors in France have something of … Continue reading The Storyteller Next Door
Everyone has their own version of the French Adventure, whether it be touring France on a tandem, crossing the country on horseback or upping sticks and moving wholesale to La Belle France. James Martin, the TV chef probably best known for Saturday Kitchen, decided to embark on a French Adventure of his own. In an homage to Keith Floyd, James took on the red … Continue reading The World Will Come to Me
I could be wrong. There might be scientists out there who are sent into transports of delight simply by looking at the periodic table. And why not? But, for me, it’s the map that combines practicality and imagination in such delightful unison. No doubt for some, those lines on Googlemaps or Mappy do the job so why look for more? But for me it has … Continue reading New Landscapes, New Eyes
So here I am, I’m around four or five years old, settled back into an armchair in front of a blazing fire, the sound of my Grandma washing up in the kitchen and, over there, on the shelf next to the fire, sits a transistor radio the … Continue reading Listening to Life
For those who enjoyed the Day Dreaming article featured on this site last year ( When A Child Daydreams, Where Do They Go? ), you might be interested in listening to Professor Philip Asherson talking to Claudia Hammond on All in the Mind (BBC Radio 4) in an insightful and interesting interview which focuses on ADHD and Mindwandering. If you are familiar with this tendency towards mind-wandering … Continue reading ADHD and Mind Wandering
Children’s Author Supports National Literacy Trust’s Children’s Diary Campaign Initially thrilled at news of the NLT project aiming to encourage children in their personal writing, as reported in an article on the BBC website ( ‘Author Jacqueline Wilson Backs Children’s Diary Campaign’) , my delight was diminished somewhat when I saw the following: ‘Girls are three times as likely as boys to keep a diary’ (Research … Continue reading Boys Writing For Their Own Good
The Reflective Writing Workshops timetable for 2017 is now ready! Mental Health is a subject increasingly in the news and I would like the 2017 Writing Workshops to play a part in addressing an issue that affects us all either directly or indirectly. So many people are affected by mental health issues of one kind or another….remembering that stress, anxiety and deep emotional upset fall … Continue reading Writing Workshops for 2017
‘What planet are they on?’ we mutter in exasperation. A child gazing out of the window can be a heart-sinking moment for a teacher or parent. We educators like to think everything we place before our pupils is engaging and stimulating but there will always be someone who mentally ‘checks out’ from time to time. A better question to ask might be, ‘Where do … Continue reading When a child daydreams, where do they go?
Some might say that if it’s our private diary, then does it matter if it’s an edited version. Continue reading Paper Mirror:How Honest a Diary Writer Are You?