Author: Alison

A Splash of Colour

A Splash of Colour

A burnt orange month with mellow sienna shades of fruitfulness. La rentrée is over. Classes are settling down and we are all starting to learn each other’s names. Students who follow the second-year undergraduate distance learning class in creative writing at Paul-Valéry University have been introducing themselves via the first MOODLE forum by discussing their…

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Authenticity: The Unicorn in the Garden

Authenticity: The Unicorn in the Garden

Before the holidays, in a rather heated meeting (it was already starting to get hot by then) a colleague asked me if a text I had written and used for an oral comprehension exercise was authentic. For a moment I was flummoxed.  How to answer? My immediate reaction was of course it is. I wrote…

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Dance the Orange

Dance the Orange

Well, as summer continues fiercely hot, I’m reading Color, A Natural History of the Palette by Victoria Finlay (2002). This is a fascinating book of colour adventures, histories, facts and stories. As you know, I’ve recently been thinking about colour and writing and so was intrigued when Finlay made a reference to a poem Dance…

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Creative Writing and Storytelling: making it up as we go along.

Creative Writing and Storytelling: making it up as we go along.

Last Monday I had the honour of being invited to give a paper to open an event at the University Institute of Technology of Montpellier-Sète, dedicated to the exchange of teaching practices between English language teachers at the University of Montpellier, including teachers and researchers from Montpellier management school, law school, medical school, the faculty…

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Purple Prose

Purple Prose

Summer is well and truly upon us. With thermometers registering 44 degrees here in the Hérault department, that is something of an understatement. In the still-cool morning, thinking about colour. A kitchen window left ajar. Between fly-splattered panes, a burnt green and pink geranium on the exterior window-sill. High above mushroom-coloured rendered façades topped with…

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