Author: "Helen Beesley"

  • The Summer Slide

    Helen B, Consumer Communications Champion at from you to me and mum of two boys, introduces My Summer Rant & Rave - our summer writing competition for primary aged children - and explains the motivation behind it.  In the US the term ‘the summer slide’ is pretty well known, as for here in the UK we might be more familiar with the term ‘summer learning loss’ or perhaps you’ve never heard of either. While we have...

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  • Interpreting the stories in 'The Book Of Upside Down Thinking' by Brian Patten

    Brian Patten, author of the beautiful The Book Of Upside Down Thinking, joins us once again as a guest on the blog to give us a further insight into his magical new collection of humorous and thought-provoking verse, in this post looking at interpreting the stories. There is no one interpretation or ‘meaning’ to a Djuha story and there are hundreds of stories. The first ones I read were in an old travel book I picked up in a second-hand comic exchange when I...

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  • The inspiration behind 'The Book Of Upside Down Thinking' by Brian Patten

    Acclaimed poet Brian Patten, author of the beautiful The Book Of Upside Down Thinking, joins us as a guest on the blog to give us an insight into the inspiration behind this magical new collection of humorous and thought-provoking verse. Written in Morocco The Book of Upside Down Thinking was inspired by folk-stories from the Near and Middle East that date back as far as the 11th century...read on to find out more from Brian.  Most...

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