Door

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Doors open inwards to enclosed spaces and outwards into wild city streets, quiet country lanes or even undiscovered worlds. There may be tiny doors in the skirting board or amongst the roots of trees, doors into the mountainside and heavily barred and bolted doors that guard the entrance to a fortress. Doors can take us … Continue reading Door

Firework makers

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In Philip Pullman’s magic novel, The Firework Maker’s Daughter, Lila, the daughter in question, learns to invent and make fireworks herself. When she does so, her father encourages her to name them. She makes Golden SneezesCrackle DragonsTumbling DemonsShimmering CoinsJava LightsLeaping Monkeys. Invent some names for your own fireworks. Make a list. Choose one and describe … Continue reading Firework makers

Doll and Teddy

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23rdJune 2021, iwas National Writing Day in the UK. First Story, the organisation behind it, organised lots of resources, available at the National Writing Day website: https://firststory.org.uk/writeday/ This year’s theme, after a year of lockdown and isolation, is ‘Connection’.  There are so many ways of thinking and writing about connections. Here is one with the very … Continue reading Doll and Teddy

My Place

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‘People exploitwhat they have merely concluded to be of value, but the defendwhat they love and to defend what we love we need a particularizing language, for we love what we particularly know.’ Wendell Berry Robert Macfarlane quotes Berry in his book Landmarks, drawing attention to the moral dimension of looking closely and naming carefully.  We could begin … Continue reading My Place