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T S Eliot

T S Eliot, (1888-1965) was born on this day, 26 September in 1888, he was famous as a poet and playwright and considered to be one of the 20th century’s major poets. He was born in St. Louis, Missouri, however he spent time at Oxford University during the First World War. He moved to EnglandContinue reading “T S Eliot”

Willy Russell

Happy Birthay! William Russell was born on the outskirts of Liverpool on this day 23 August in 1947, he is a very talented dramatist, writer, lyricist and composer. He left school, aged 15 to become a hairdresser, but at 20 he decided to go to Saint Katherine’s College in Liverpool and qualified as a teacher.Continue reading “Willy Russell”

George Bernard Shaw

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) was born in Dublin on July 26th, his education was irregular, due to his dislike of any organised training. He moved to London as a young man (1876), where he established himself as a leading music and theatre critic and became a prominent member of the Fabian Society, for which heContinue reading “George Bernard Shaw”

Ginger Rodgers

Ginger Rodgers (née Virginia Katherine McMath) was born on this day July 16th 1911, in Independence, Missouri, and raised in Kansas City, Rogers and her family moved to Fort Worth, Texas when she was nine years old. Winning a 1925 Charleston dance contest launched a successful vaudeville career, she gained recognition as a Broadway actressContinue reading “Ginger Rodgers”

Battle of Waterloo

The Battle of Waterloo was fought on this day, 18 June 1815, near Waterloo in Belgium, part of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands at the time. A French army under the command of Napoleon Bonaparte was defeated by two of the armies of the Seventh Coalition controlled by The Duke of Wellington. In 1813Continue reading “Battle of Waterloo”

Nonsense Poetry

Following on from yesterday’s comic theme, let’s discuss nonsense poems, well they do what they say ‘on the tin’ – don’t always make sense sometimes they have made up words to describe things, or just to make a nice sound. Nonsense poems, often use made up words, mixed up with real words – they areContinue reading “Nonsense Poetry”

Comic Verse

Humorous verse usually presents extraordinary or fantastical situations for entertainment, often focussing on the way words sound. There are no fixed rules around it either in the rhyme or rhythm but hopefully it sounds good when read out loud! The one below, is by one of favourite comedians and writers Spike Milligan (1918–2002), it hasContinue reading “Comic Verse”

Inspiring Images

Yesterday we looked at inspiration from our dreams today is a little more tangible, what do the images below say to you, spend a few minutes concentrating on the lovely pictures (courtesy of hello@omycotton.com) and then pick up your pen and write….maybe a story or a beautiful poem – you decide – (my contribution isContinue reading “Inspiring Images”