Author Archives: A Book and a Half

About A Book and a Half

I'm a teacher based in Melbourne, Australia. I blog about reading, writing, teaching, learning, and exploring.

The Inheritors

The Inheritors by William Golding When I used to work at a mainstream school, we taught William Golding’s ‘Lord of the Flies’ as part of year 10 English. We used this exceptional novel to teach aspects of creative writing, such as … Continue reading

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A Brief History of Humankind

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari A good writer is able to smoothly zoom in and zoom out of their subject matter. Zoom in, to give the reader evocative detail and compelling individual stories; zoom out, to … Continue reading

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My Little Story

Here is my story that won the competition, accompanied by a beautiful illustration by Yevgenia Nayberg.

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NYC Midnight

This year I have started entering creative writing competitions. To my utter disbelief, I won the NYC Midnight Short Story Challenge. It was a wonderful competition, and I’m not just saying that because I won! There are three rounds, and in … Continue reading

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My new job

I have a new job, which goes some way to excusing my absence – right? For the past couple of years I’ve been teaching English and Literature at a secondary school in regional Victoria. Although I loved my job, for several … Continue reading

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Algeria

Just above silence (Juste au-dessus du silence) I talk low, just above silence So that even my other ear can’t hear. The earth sleeps in the open and lingers in my head With the rigor of asphodels. I’ve re-peopled a … Continue reading

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Poetry for Performance

Brand New Ancients by Kate Tempest Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by the Gawain Poet, translated by Simon Armitage This week I spent a couple of days in Lorne, a lovely town on the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia. My parents … Continue reading

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