Category Archives: education

Blogging for Beginners courses

I will be running some Blogging for Beginners courses for Luton Adult Learning in the next few weeks.  Each course is a one-off workshop and the first one is on Saturday 9 March 10am-3pm in Luton, Bedfordshire.  The workshop will cover all the basics you need to start blogging, including setting up a free WordPress blog, creating content to attract readers, assigning categories and tags so your posts will be picked up in search engines, managing comments and design.  By the end of the day you will have an attractive, content-rich blog to be proud of!  Ideal for people who want to start blogging to promote their own small business, share a hobby or as a creative writing venture.  The cost for the day is £54 and includes a free USB stick – but bring your own lunch!

Please spread the word or, if you are interested in attending, contact Luton Adult Learning on 01582 490033 to enrol.

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What’s your favourite childhood book?

A new study by charity Plan UK has found the top five favourite children’s books are:

  1. The Famous Five series – Enid Blyton
  2. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
  3. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – CS Lewis
  4. Black Beauty – Anna Sewell
  5. Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne

It’s heartwarming to see good old Enid Blyton at the top, and the wickedly funny Roald Dahl just behind.  Obviously nostalgia plays a bit part in this list with adults having fond memories of their favourite authors, and it would be fascinating to revisit this study in fifty years’ time to see if JK Rowling, Susanna Collins, Jeff Kinney and other current authors survive the test of time (Harry Potter and the Philosospher’s Stone is currently at number nine).

To see how many of the top fifty children’s books you have read, you can download a special app on Facebook which has been created by Plan UK.  It’s part of their new campaign to spread the word and raise money to help fund education for girls in poorer countries.  Eighty million young women around the world between the ages of 15 and 24 can’t read or write and encouraging girls to stay in school will make a  huge difference in their lives in terms of the choices they make about their futures.  The app is really fun to use; you can tick off any of the top fifty books you  have read and choose your favourite one.  You then get the option to buy, for a £3 donation, a virtual book with your name on the spine to sit on the shelf in their virtual library.  (It could be the nearest I get to seeing my name on a book cover!)  It’s a great cause and I’m happy to spread the word.

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The Plan UK virtual bookshelf – spot me in the middle!