for April, 2017


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If you’re ever stuck for a story, why not start with an ology? There are hundreds of these ‘subjects of study’ to choose from. Some are well-known: Biology Psychology Mythology. Some are less familiar but respectable enough: Conchology – the study of shells Pomology – fruit-growing Algology – algae (there once lived a family of […]

Kids Rule

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no one leaves home until home is a sweaty voice in your ear saying- leave, run away from me now i dont know what i’ve become but i know that anywhere                                                                                                                                                                                                                               is safer than here Warsan Shire’s ‘Home’ has become a kind of anthem for refugees fleeing war. But where to? The word ‘refugee’ comes […]

United nations

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Some hard things to do: Write a great story. Write a great story in a group. Write a great story in a group of strangers. Write a great story in a group of strangers who speak English as a second or even third language. Put them together and what do you get?  Misunderstanding      Argument Peer pressure         Power […]

Away with words

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  A feast of stories this weekend – and not a word in sight. The Silent Books exhibition has arrived in Ireland on the latest leg of its world tour. The gorgeous collection of more than 100 wordless picture books came together in 2012, when IBBY International set up a library on the Italian island of […]