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Macbeth-Hands

Lessons on one word – Macbeth and ‘Hands’

Reading Time: 7 minutes At the beginning of the play, “Hands” is a word used to refer to Macbeth’s brutal – but legitimate – killing of the Thane of Cawdor who “‘ne’er shook hands” (1.1), symbolic of his lack of gentlemanly behaviour and loyalty in participating in rebellion – a theme of ‘hands’ throughout the play.

Analysis: Compare how poets present changing relationships in Mother, Any Distance and Climbing My Grandfather.

Reading Time: 5 minutes In Mother, Any Distance and Climbing My Grandfather, these modern poets explore the ways that relationships change over time. In … More Analysis: Compare how poets present changing relationships in Mother, Any Distance and Climbing My Grandfather.

“Books are mirrors, windows, or sliding-glass doors”

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Rudine Sims Bishop [the author and educator] says that books are either mirrors, windows or sliding-glass doors, and that’s important in the act of resistance. You need that mirror to see yourself, to know what you can be and know what you are. And then you need that window to see into someone else’s life so you can understand what’s happening around you in the world that you may not notice at first glance. And you need the sliding-glass door so that you can step into someone else’s life and walk in with some empathy and use that empathy to make yourself heard.

Angie Thomas Q&A with The Guardian

2013 Achievements

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Publishing on Amazon kindle – my short stories Shadowed and Blank for Your Message were published in February and May, and the first in what I hope will become the Chronology Protection Agency series was published in August. I decided this year I wanted to put work out there where people would actually read it – and they actually have. People I genuinely don’t know have paid for my writing. That is very cool.

See my author page at Amazon

I read several books on writing, including Becoming a Writer, From 2k to 10k, Stephen King’s On Writing, and have tried to apply some of what they said to my own writing practice.

I led a creative writing day-long workshop at school with some very interesting young writers.

I read 45 new books, logging them on the Goodreads Challenge for 2013. My 2014 goal is to read 50 new books, which definitely will be challenging!

I became affianced (that word again! And I choose to list it as an achievement)

I continued to become happier, more confident, more self-aware and, I hope, generous towards myself and others. Still a work in progress.

I wrote a short story and performed it at the Ilkley Literature Festival in October

Next….to consider my 2014 wishlist! And for no reason other than it’s pretty….a book picture!

Book igloo