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Eclipsed

Eclipsed

PRESCRIBED MATERIAL FOR COMPARATIVE STUDY 2020 Why teach ‘Eclipsed’ by Patricia Burke Brogan for the Comparative? As a new title on the list of prescribed texts for comparative study, ‘Eclipsed’ by Patricia Brogan Burke immediately caught my eye.   This...

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The Spinning Heart

The Spinning Heart

PRESCRIBED MATERIAL FOR COMPARATIVE STUDY Why Teach 'The Spinning Heart' by Donal Ryan? When I first read ‘The Spinning Heart’, I was gripped from the very first lines, “My father still lives back the road past the weir in the...

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A Skull in Connemara

A Skull in Connemara

PRESCRIBED MATERIAL FOR COMPARATIVE STUDY 2019 Why teach ‘A Skull in Connemara’ by Martin McDonagh for 2019? It can be of great advantage to teach a new text for the comparative study– it’s something fresh and interesting, and your students...

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Choosing Comparative Study Texts

Choosing Comparative Study Texts

I must admit that I find choosing Comparative Study texts difficult. Choosing texts to study for the Comparative can take a lot of time and thought. Students find the Comparative Study difficult. It is unlike what we usually ask them...

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Tangleweed and Brine by Deirdre Sullivan

Tangleweed and Brine by Deirdre Sullivan

‘Tangleweed and Brine’ is a captivating, contemporary collection of fairytales, beautifully told by Deirdre Sullivan. The collection darkly reimagines familiar fairytales, wonderfully re-making them.   I particularly enjoyed 'Meet the Nameless Thing and Call it Friend', 'The Little Gift' and 'Beauty...

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Almost Love by Louise O'Neill

Almost Love by Louise O'Neill

  Raw, resonant and compelling, this is a novel to be devoured. O’Neill deftly portrays her protagonist’s vulnerability and consuming obsession, and the complex relationships that shape her. Riveting and emotional, this is a must-read for Spring 2018.   ‘Almost...

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The Call by Peadar O’Guilin

The Call by Peadar O’Guilin

‘The Call’ by Peadar O’Guilin I loved Peadar O’Guilin’s ‘The Call’ – a fast paced adventure story, with plenty of fantasy, horror and Irish myth. The story is set in an Ireland living in the shadow of the Sídhe, vengeful...

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Tips to Get Your Child Reading

Tips to Get Your Child Reading

Many children are reluctant readers, lacking the confidence or interest to pick up a book and read for themselves. This can be for a variety of reasons, but is often down to reading being perceived as ‘too hard’ (whether children...

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