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Of Stories, Paths, Passions, and Fires

Yesterday when I was teaching “The Story of the Eldest Princess” by A.S. Byatt, my favorite female writer, I glanced down at the page and randomly chose a quote: 2,043 more words

A.S.Byatt ...

A.S. Byatt, born 24 August 1936, is an English novelist, poet and Booker Prize winner. In 2008, The Times newspaper named her on its list of the 50 greatest British writers since 1945. 522 more words


You contain no future... You're as cold as ice!

“Ice burns, and it is hard to the warm-skinned to distinguish one
sensation, fire, from the other, frost.”
― A.S. Byatt, Elementals: Stories of Fire and Ice…

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Since I’m still unable to properly concentrate on thinking and writing about what I’ve read these past two months (not much, really) I feel the urge to at least note down some of the thoughts I would be interested to explore further when the time and circumstances find it kind to permit: 270 more words

at the edge between where language fails and where it's at its most powerful

I think the names of colors are at the edge between where language fails and where it’s at its most powerful. … I used to go round the department when I was teaching at UCL, when I was writing…

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Editing Genius: Why Editors Don't Ruin Everything

To say that publishers and editors are odd sorts of people would be true, if a trifle bit unfair. Perhaps it would be more true to say that our perception of publishers is odd. 1,445 more words

Mistakes Editors Make

World Book Day recommended lesson from Bedales Head of English

Of the many books I enjoy teaching, ‘The Children’s Book’ by A S Byatt is particularly rewarding to teach at A Level. The richness of description and the complexity of character are a goldmine for close analysis and the wealth of historical, political, psychological and literary influences on Byatt’s work mean that it lends itself to insightful and deep classroom discussion and essay writing. 470 more words

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