Reads of the Week #44

This week I’m going to let some extract speak for the exceptional writing I’ve picked speak for themselves. 



There are plenty of ways to help children who have miserable lives but making excuses for them is not one of them, says Heather Fearn here.

Let us not make people at the margins into scouts or spies for the mainstream. Let us stop asking people to speak for the entire cacophonic segment of humanity that shares their pigmentation, genitalia, or turn-ons. Katie Coyle is insisting we do better.

Ethel and Julius Rosenberg were killed at sunset on 19 June, 1953. It was their 14th wedding anniversary. A few days earlier, they had said goodbye to their children, Michael and Robert, who were 10 and six. They were young parents. They were people who loved. Their fate was awful. This is Sam Jordison on EL Doctorow’s The Book of Daniel.

The first poems I read by a poet who was not dead or a writer of hymns were by Ted Hughes, writes Anthony Wilson, discussing Hughes’ impact on his life.

This is an except from “Suspicious Minds: Why We Believe Conspiracy Theories” by Rob Brotherton on autism, vaccines and why some people believe Jenny McCarthy over every doctor.

In this year alone, Russia has seen the appearance of a new Stalin museum in Tver Region and a monument to the ‘Big Three’ (Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin) in Crimea in memory of the participants of 1945 Yalta conference. Statues to the Generalissimo have been unveiled across the entire country—in Lipetsk, Mari El, North Ossetia, Stavropol, Vladimir and in the Kuban region. Stalin is back writes Dmitry Okrest.
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Reads of the Week #43

This week we have quiet in the classroom, linguistics, poets and their public, the myth and reality of being Celtic, memory and fiction, and Jimmy Fallon.

Kenny Pieper on the sound of silence in the classroom.

Ana Menéndez asks: Are We Different People in Different Languages?

Clive James: ‘Poets in the free countries don’t get famous’.

Mick Heaney: Cúchulainn, Roosevelt & what it means to be Celtic.

Isabelle Cartwright: Chinese whispers, or reshaping memories to create fiction.

Jimmy Fallon Does Not Have to Cater to Anyone, says Scott Raab.

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Reads of the Week #29

This week there’s poetry about hurling and home by Thom Hickey, how hurling compares to ‘other codes’ by Daithi Toms, George Couros on how the ability to simplify is often the easiest route to success, a review of an old favourite English textbook, how to turn a short poem by Robert Frost into a whole (and interesting) book of analysis, and finally someone stole a consignment of rifles a few months before the Easter Rising, now we know who they were.

All the reads since January are here in tweets. 

This is the archive of all the posts so far.

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Reads of the Week #28

This week idioms, poetry, exams and teaching are on the menu.

First from lingholic.com, how idioms are translated into other languages.

Next, here’s Paul Laurence Dunbar’s poem “Forever“, it’s great.

Kenny Pieper about the wrongs and rights of exams.

Also on exams James Theobald is fed up of people saying they don’t matter.

Andy Tharby has five strategies for teachers to model good practice for students

And finally George Couros has five things he’d never do in a classroom again

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All the articles are here in tweets.

This is the archive of all the posts so far. 

Reads of the Week #24

First, one of Anthony Wilson’s Lifesaving Poems, from Catherine Smith: How It All Started.

This is the digital StoryMap of an Irish archaeological journey along the Carlow bypass, a brilliant resource for history teachers.

One of the greatest hurlers of all time Jimmy Doyle dies last week, Vincent Hogan wrote beautifully about him here.

Another great use of mappingand a great resource again: 1916 Rising Pension Claimants mapped onto the 1912 OSI map.

Laure-Anne Bosselaar’s poem “Rooms Remembered” is the best I’ve read on grief in a long time.

Barnardos has proposed we provide free primary education for all, why stop there?

And finally, Tom Bennett has a new job, but holds no illusions about how difficult but rewarding teaching can be.

Here are all my reads of the week.

This is the archive.

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Reads of the Week #23

A metaphor merchant? How much would one charge per metaphor? It depends… 

“Who is E.D. Hirsch? What does he believe?”

Ben Lerner on Disliking Poetry

‘Irishmen need not apply’: the failure of a Four Nations labour movement

‘Secret amateurs still read Ulysses but as a furtive perversion’ –Declan Kiberd, the best teacher I had in university.

Appropriate for all summer readers Tom Gauld on book guilt

And finally, another beautiful piece by Mary Ann Reilly, Her Husband

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Here are all the Reads of the Week 

Here’s the Archive 

Happy Reading!

Reads of the Week #15

First here’s Simon Oxenham on Why the widespread belief in ‘learning styles’ isn’t just wrong but dangerous.

Next, Tom Healy suggests that Irish trade unionists need to debate and consider a coherent approach to economic and social progress here.

Damien Searls asks here how do you define “poetry”?

In one of the most affecting pieces I’ve read in a long time, Emily Adler writes abou her father, the philosopher.

Here’s Harry Fletcher-Wood on how historical knowledge is crucial.

Oliver Farry writes on the difficulty of bringing Stalin, Hitler and Ceauşescu to the screen, here.

And finally, the most popular link I tweeted all week, Michael Rosen says here teaching poetry cannot be about retrieving a single ‘right’ answer.
Find all my Reads of the week on Twitter here

And the archive on previous posts is here 


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