This morning, I woke up with a very unusual impulse to come into work dressed as the Cat in the Hat. After a short moment of introspection, I realised that this could mean only one thing: IT’S WORLD BOOK DAY!
It’s Halloween! Every year, people celebrate the end of October by getting creative and trying to make the world as scary and creepy as possible. We splatter our necks in fake blood and cover our houses in cobwebs. But at Bedrock, one of our favourite things to do is to try and terrify each other by telling really spooky stories. That’s why we’ve created this list of ten spooky writing prompts that you can give to your students on Halloween.
Poetry doesn’t always get the attention it deserves. Of course, we all have the household favourites: Plath, Eliot, Hughes (both Ted and Langston), or Dr Seuss (my personal hero). But on a daily basis, we probably don’t find ourselves raving about our favourite new poetry collections - at least not in the same way we do about novels, films and albums. That’s why, around this time every year, the Forward Arts Foundation works hard to give poetry the love it so desperately deserves. Last week, we had the Forward Prizes - dubbed as the ‘Oscars of poetry’ - awarding huge prizes to exciting contemporary names like Sinéad Morrissey and Ocean Vuong. Now, we have National Poetry Day, an event designed to get all of the UK involved with poems by “organising events, displays, competitions or by simply posting favourite lines of poetry on social media using #nationalpoetryday.”
Today is National Read a Book Day, which, as you might expect, is a day that encourages everyone – our students, colleagues, children, mothers and grandfathers – to pick up a book and start reading.