Greetings all you wonderful Lobsterites.
I’ve a lovely new blog over at http://fletchski.wordpress.com Why don’t you pop over and have a look at all the stuff I’ve been up to lately?
Greetings all you wonderful Lobsterites.
Final call for submissions for the summer edition of the NAWE magazine. We’ve already had some great articles in and some excellent proposals so make sure you get them in before the deadline, full details below.
NAWE (National Association of Writers in Education) are looking for articles on working with young people outside of the classroom for their next magazine. I will be co-editing the newsletter, so have a look through the guidelines below and get in touch.
It can seem that creativity is a dirty word these days, unless it involves accounting, and that the ability to memorise facts has overtaken the need to be innovative and inventive, but we know better than that. We know that NAWE members are out there, delivering challenging and inspired activities behind enemy lines, as it were, right under the noses of the wrote learners and table memorisers. We want to hear from you inspired foot soldiers. We want to hear about your successes, your failures; about activities you’ve tried, after school clubs you’ve lead; workshops in the community; online development; activities in school that are outside the curriculum; in fact, anything that gives young people an insight into the incredible, diverse world that is writing outside of the curriculum. We want articles, top tips, case studies, interviews, writing activities, advice and so on and they can be as inventive as you want. So feel free to submit a photo essay, comic strip, flow chart, haiku or any of the more traditional journalistic forms. Contact us with article proposals now!
Submissions need to be with us by the 30th of April 2013.
This magazine will be edited by Garrie Fletcher and Elisabeth Charis both are teachers and writers that work with young people outside of school.
Article submissions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. For any more information please contact Elisabeth or Garrie via the NAWE email above.
The NAWE website can be found NAWE
If you run a group but are daunted by the prospect of writing an article please get in touch with us, we may be able to help or even suggest a different format that enables you to share successful ways of working.
The Nao of Brown by Glyn Dillon
Why am I writing about this book? I’m writing about this book because I’m jealous of how wonderful it is. Not only can Dillon tell a moving tale with warmth and honesty but he can tell it in an engaging and innovative way. So why am I jealous? I can also weave a story that lives with you long after you’ve read it so… Well, the reason I’m jealous is because not only can Dillon craft words into a tight narrative but he’s also a bloody good artist. Seriously just check out the Nao of Brown website for peeks inside:
I was rather excited to see that you could also buy toys that were featured in the story there! I haven’t bought any, yet.
Dillon is an excellent draughtsman; he uses very clean, economical lines and then washes over them with breathtaking watercolours. This isn’t your traditional comic book art, this is art. Each page could be framed and put on the wall it really is that good.
The story concerns Nao Brown an Anglo-Japanese woman who wants to find love but is afraid her neurosis will put those she cares about at risk. Nao has urges, very similar to Tourette’s Syndrome, in that she will think of the worst, most horrific, thing to do in social situations, visualise the consequences of them and then have to employ a range of coping strategies to stop herself from doing them. One of these strategies is Nao’s attendance at the local Buddhist temple, which as you’d expect, is serene and calming, that is until she notices the teacher’s penis is poking out of his shorts!
There are lots of wonderfully comic moments throughout the book but that doesn’t mean it’s a comedy. Her relationship with the sage like washing machine repair man is gentle and accommodating until, well I don’t want to spoil it.
My wife does not read comics but I went on and on about how wonderful this book was that she sat down and read it from cover to cover and thoroughly loved it.
I spotted The Nao of Brown on the shelf in Nostalgia Comics in Birmingham, it was £16.99, I did a quick scan on the phone and discovered I could save £6 at tax dodging amazon. I pondered and pontificated and then snatched it off the shelf. I’m so glad I did, it was one of the best £16.99s I’ve ever spent.
So if you never buy comics, or you rarely do, make sure you buy this one, you won’t regret it.
So here it is, the wonderful illustration to go with my tweet for today’s instalment of the 3hundredand65 graphic novel in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust.
For more info on the 3hundredand65 initiative and the Teenage Cancer Trust then click on their respective links. You can also read my previous blogs on the subject or better still get involved yourself and make a difference in someone’s life.
I stumbled across this recently and just thought wow, what a brilliant idea. David Kirkwood is a graphic designer who dreams of being an illustrator and came up with the idea for 3hundredand65 not only to fulfil that dream but to also raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust.
Kirkwood has pledged that every day he will produce a drawing for the graphic novel and that a selected writer will then tweet the text for it. This way it will produce a huge amount of publicity for the project and ultimately raise funds for this worthy cause.
You can check out the 3hundredand65 blog here
I would like to contribute to this but at the moment I do not have enough followers on twitter, I need at least 300. So if you could help me increase my followers by following me, @fletchski, or can suggest ways of increasing my followers please leave a comment below.