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A Rhyming Couplet

A Rhyming Couplet is two lines of the same length that rhyme and complete one thought. There is no limit to the length of the lines. Rhyming words are words that sound the same when spoken, they don't necessarily have to be spelled the same...
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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 booklet on life so far in Manchester was written under the influence...
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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…

Absolute | Alabaster | Alfalfa | Amazing | Benign | Change | Character | Cheddar | Chlorophyll | Chuckle | Cool | Curlicue | Denial | Fluid | Intention | It | Lift | Metanoia  |  Officialdom |  Owl | Pamplemousse | Perspective | Pool | Present | Serendipity | Spooky | Still |  Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House...
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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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Old Millfieldian Simon Beck: Snow Artist – A Cool New Art Form

As a sixteen-year-old Simon Beck (1969* – 1974 Edgarley and Kingweston) used pure stamina, a map and compass to win the 1974 British Orienteering Championships. After studying engineering at Oxford University then becoming a map-maker it wasn’t until much later on in his life that all his skills came...
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