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Culture: Children’s fantasy stories

08/03/2018 by Victoria Heward
Nowadays, when we think of fantasy we probably think of blockbuster film sagas full of elves, wizards and incredible special effects. Bookshops and cinemas...

Culture: What a Character!

05/02/2018 by Victoria Heward
Dickens’ characters are so famous and well-loved that somebody once said they are more real than most real human beings. One of the best known is the...

Culture: Winter in Oscar Wilde

03/01/2018 by Victoria Heward
Oscar Wilde’s plays for the theatre are very funny but his beautiful short stories are delicate, dramatic and almost poetic. His descriptions of nature...

Culture: Food in Jane Austen

01/12/2017 by Victoria Heward
Food was very important in Georgian England and often seen as a status symbol, showing how much money and influence a family had. It was important to receive...

Culture: Jumping Frog competition Calaveras County

14/11/2017 by Victoria Heward
Frog jumping is a traditional ‘sport’ in many parts of rural America. It was made famous in Mark Twain’s story The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras....

Culture: Red Herrings

25/10/2017 by Victoria Heward
‘Whodunnit’ stories (crime fiction where you have to guess who did it) often use a technique called a red herring to make the story more interesting....