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Archive for April, 2017

Car Seat Headrest – Times To Die

Posted by maribel on 27/04/2017

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Seven tips from Roald Dahl

Posted by maribel on 25/04/2017


The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More features a short extract called Lucky Break, in which Roald Dahl explains how he came to be a writer. It also includes seven tips from Roald on the qualities he thought necessary to anyone wanting to make a living out of writing fiction. They were:

  1. “You should have a lively imagination.”
  2. “You should be able to write well. By that I mean you should be able to make a scene come alive in the reader’s mind. Not everybody has this ability. It is a gift and you either have it or you don’t.”
  3. “You must have stamina. In other words, you must be able to stick to what you are doing and never give up, for hour after hour, day after day, week after week and month after month.”
  4. “You must be a perfectionist. That means you must never be satisfied with what you have written until you have rewritten it again and again, making it as good as you possibly can.”
  5. “You must have strong self-discipline. You are working alone. No one is employing you. No one is around to give you the sack if you don’t turn up for work, or to tick you off if you start slacking.”
  6. “It helps a lot if you have a keen sense of humour. This is not essential when writing for grown-ups, but for children, it’s vital.”
  7. “You must have a degree of humility. The writer who thinks that his work is marvellous is heading for trouble.”

Source: http://www.roalddahl.com/create-and-learn/write/roald-dahl-on-writing

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Parade’s End

Posted by maribel on 13/04/2017

This 5-part BBC miniseries is set in the dying days of the Edwardian Empire. Christopher Tietjens, married to the beautiful but cruel socialite Sylvia, is an English aristocrat clinging to Edwardian values as the world around him seems to change at dizzying speed. He refuses to compromise these principles whatever the cost  – resigning from his job as a government statistician when he is asked to manipulate the facts, and remaining faithful to Sylvia even when she leaves him for another man. When Christopher falls in love with Valentine, a young suffragette, he faces a battle between what he feels for her and what he feels is right.


Find out more about Ford Madox Ford’s books on which this miniseries is based.

Interview with award-winning playwright Tom Stoppard, who adapted the books for the screen.

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How Did English Evolve?

Posted by maribel on 06/04/2017


Now you can take the lesson here. You have to register to get feedback on your answers.

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