The Great Gatsby

Current media is awash with all that’s Gatsby-related. We’ve studied the novel with Form V this year. It’s a novel that, although short, is packed with elusive insights (something that Luhrman’s film, although admirable, completely fails to capture).

If you’re a Gatsby enthusiast then it’s worth looking at Sarah Churchwell’s new Careless People: Murder, Mayhem and the Invention of The Great Gatsby

So, to get back to basics, here’s the opening page of Fitzgerald’s original manuscript and that unforgettable opening line, ‘In my younger and more vulnerable years…’



Sylvia Plath

The thirty year anniversary of Plath’s death has been marked by the release of a number of essays, books and even a short film. Yesterday we read Elm in class. The language and the intensity of the poem are unforgettable. This twenty-three minute film is worth watching if Plath’s poetry interests you. Lady Lazarus Film


BlaBlaMeter – how much bullshit hides in your text?

This bla bla meter is a brilliant tool. I look forward to using it in class. The plan is to get students to copy and paste in chunks of text (their own, Austen’s, Shakespeare’s…) and see how they fair. Then we’ll try and figure out how the system works. Watch this space at the end of the week for a report on how it goes. Reflective practice, tick!

This (below) was once a big blank page. Better before or after?