Happy New Year

Sunday 7 January 2018

For last year's words belong to last year's language
And next year's words await another voice. 

Are you one for new year’s resolutions?  Browsing around for inspirational quotations, I come across this from G K Chesterton:  "The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears, and new eyes. Unless a particular man made New Year resolutions, he would make no resolutions. Unless a man starts afresh about things, he will certainly do nothing effective." Althoughyou might feel more at ease with Mark Twain on the subject:  “Yesterday, everybody smoked his last cigar, took his last drink and swore his last oath. Today, we are a pious and exemplary community. Thirty days from now, we shall have cast our reformation to the winds and gone to cutting our ancient shortcomings considerably shorter than ever.”

2017 was nothing if not unpredictable and we wonder what the next 12 months will bring.   One thing that will be happening is that this website will continue to grow, and we are most keen to get feedback on things you would like to see in it - resources, lesson ideas, samples  - any and all ways in which you feel you and your students might be more fully supported as you deliver the literature course. So please post thoughts, suggestions, requests below.  We are very keen to hear from you.

If extending your frame of reference in terms of reading is of interest, you might find this site helpful. A 'Literature Map of the World', it details the most popular book of each country as an overlay on a world map.  Some works are probably very familiar, others may be less so;  I certainly found myself on something of a journey as I looked through them - and have made a note of unfamiliar titles that strike me as interesting or exciting.

In addition, The Guardian newspaper published its list of 'The 100 best nonfiction books of all time.'  How many of these titles do you know?  A particularly under-exploited area of the course, you may see this year as a chance to expand your horizons with nonfiction as a genre and the list could provide some inspiration, perhaps.

Whatever your intentions and ambitions, we send you every good wish for a happy and fulfilling 2018.

Mark



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