An English Joke

English teachers are some of the coolest people around so I'm sure they'll appreciate this little joke - it's funny and it's educational....
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My Dictionary

Before the days of the Internet I used to carry this little pocket rocket around with me....
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Why Work With A Writer?

Dear You, you might well wonder what are the benefits of working with a writer? I often have thought that myself. Why would I employ me? But when you get into it and see the differences between words that serve as a function and words that are borne out of good writing,...
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Ever Wondered How George Clymer’s Columbian Letterpress Worked?

A Guest Post by Mike Haigh, Printroom Custodian at the Beck Isle Museum, in Pickering, Yorkshire, tells us how. The Columbian Letterpress Double Demi Revealed This hand printing press was invented by George Clymer, an engineer from Philadelphia, USA, in 1813. The design was the first all metal lever...
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How Nana Helped Me Become A Writer

Or How One Adoption Played A Crucial Role In Three Generations Of My Family Kathleen’s arm rests on an old printing press at the Beck Isle Museum in Pickering, Yorkshire. She possibly worked this exact machine – a Colombian Letterpress Double Demi – when she was a young woman...
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My Write As A Woman

  This piece can be viewed in the Manchester Central Library archives along with hundreds of other women’s stories brought together by The Pankhurst Centre. For more information about this project see the womenswordsmcr blog. Author’s note: This unedited stream-of-consciousness prose on life so far in Manchester was written under...
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The Reading Room by Quarantine in Central Library

  “I’ve never been in here before,” said Jules about Central Library. “It is completely overwhelming.” Despite being a resident of Manchester for eighteen years, it’s not really surprising as reading has never been one of her favourite things to do. An undiagnosed dyslexic at school in the 1980s...
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These Are A Few Of My Favourite Words…

Words, words, words. Some have more of a special place in the mind than others. Here are a few of mine… Absolute | Alabaster | Alfalfa |Allophilia | Amazing | Benign | Change | Character | Cheddar |Chlorophyll | Chuckle | Common | Cool | Curlicue | Denial | Fluid | Intention |...
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Carol by Patricia Highsmith

When I am dried up, a desert of words, feeling what I imagine it would be like to be an old woman in a time before any of the waves of feminism whetted her appetite for life, I always find myself reaching for a book called Carol. The copy...
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Last Splash: The Breeders at Primavera in Barcelona

In 1993 an empty Last Splash CD case permanently resided at the top of the other CDs sprawled across typical student detritus that grew next to my bed – an overflowing stolen pub ashtray, penguin biscuit wrappers and unused packets of fruit-flavoured condoms. (Only the mint one ever got...
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A Love Letter To Alexandra Park by Teresa Green

Dear Alexandra,
It’s been nearly three weeks since we started hacking trees off you left, right and centre. 
My heart breaks into a thousand pieces that we can’t fix the damage that has been done.
Please forgive us....
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