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How Can Audiobooks Improve Your Child’s Reading Ability?

If you want to improve your child’s reading ability, you don’t necessarily have to involve reading. Audiobooks should never be seen as a substitute, but they can be a fantastic aid to your child’s
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Dec, 22

Why is Teaching Non-Fiction So Important?

If asked to think about a text read in school, most of us would immediately picture a play, novel, or poem. Teaching fiction is a central part of teaching English Literature, but you should
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Nov, 29

Sci-fi novels by women, chosen by Naomi Alderman

Science fiction is often perceived as a man’s genre; people think of “nerds” in box rooms writing stories about 1950s-style lantern-jawed heroes fighting space battles and making it with alien babes. The reason for
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Jan, 23

Why poetry has never been better

The poetic arts have never been healthier, declares the Cheltenham Festival’s Guest Director in charge of poetry
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Jan, 7

Books of the year: poetry

Celebrating a year of fine collections
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Dec, 23

Poetry reading could be arresting

Six people have already responded to Ian Bailey’s request for financial assistance to publish his first book of poetry, contributing €800. Four remained anonymous. The “journalist and academic lawyer” has taken to FundIt in
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Dec, 11

Bryan Appleyard on the emotive force of poetry

We turn to poetry in times of need, but can it really help? And why doesn’t it sell more copies?
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Dec, 1

DNA test to prove legend of Pocahontas and the mulberry tree

The legend that Pocahontas, the Native American princess brought to England 400 years ago, planted a mulberry tree that still bears fruit is to be tested by scientists.
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Nov, 20

Robert Holdstock: fantasy fiction writer

Although he wrote more than 40 books in a career that began in the mid-1970s, Robert Holdstock will probably always be best known as the author of Mythago Wood, a novel in which a
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Nov, 5

School expels vampires and Alex Rider

Out with Alex Rider and in with William Brown. A leading head teacher has vetoed some of the most popular modern children’s fiction for his school library, declaring it “so simplistic, brutal or banal”
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Oct, 22