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#Fiction Friday - Interview with Yeovil College Principal John Evans

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Welcome to  #FictionFriday, where we ask Yeovil College staff to share their thoughts, opinions and experiences of reading and stories.
Each staff member selects questions to answer from a finely honed and crafted selection, designed to entertain and educate us about their reading lives.


Today is our final Fiction Friday, and our YC Reading work experience student, Hattie Harwood, had the pleasure of interviewing our principal, John Evans, about the merits of books and reading. 


Hi John! Firstly, we need to know which Hogwarts House you'd be sorted into!:
Gryffindor . Never read them, but I’ve watched them – my sons have read them. I know people really connect with them.
What’s the first book you remember reading, or being read?
I know exactly which one. I came to reading late in life, and it was John Grisham's “A Time to Kill”. I was already teaching, having gone through school, then an apprenticeship, teacher training and lecturing without really getting into reading. I’d neve…

#FictionFriday Is The Wind Beneath Your Wings...

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Welcome to  #FictionFriday, where we ask Yeovil College staff to share their thoughts, opinions and just plain random tastes in books.
Each staff member selects questions to answer from a finely honed and crafted selection, designed to entertain and educate us about their reading lives.


Today we're talking to Wendy Rake, our IT Services Business Admin. She doesn't have a Hogwarts House yet so we need to acquire a Sorting Hat, pronto! (or Pottermore offers a digital version for all you Muggles out there). 

What's the first book you remember reading, or being read?
"It was 'The Rat-A-Tat Mystery by Enid Blyton - I read it so many times, and still jave the book. It led on to me reading so many more of her wonderful books."
What is your favourite book of all time?
"This is a really hard question, but right up there is The Belgariad by David Eddings - the first in a brilliant series of fantasy books. I also love The Dark Tower series by Stephen King."


Name …

World Poetry Day 2018

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World Poetry Day 2018







What?World Poetry Daywas created by the United Nation's cultural organization UNESCO in 1999.Internationally recognized and celebrated, it's a day when poetry is performed and shared in schools, colleges, universities, workplaces and at special events in many communities.
Poetry could, and has, been defined as  "literature in metric form (known as verse";   we could call it the art or craft of transforming emotion,beauty, experience and thought into a rhythmic form of expression. It can mark significant occasions and rites of passage, provide catharsis, joy, understanding and empathy, rally communities and countries, express powerful feelings and ideas, or  entertain and amuse with word play, rhymes and comic or satirical impact. it can be, and is for, everyone - to read, to write, to speak, to listen.
When? Today! World Poetry Day is marked each year on the 21st March, which also marks the Spring Equinox - a fitting time for a celebration.
Why? The…

#FictionFriday: Our New Books

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Welcome to Fiction Friday, that very special day every week when we talk about all things fiction; from what our Yeovil College community like to read to our favourite (and worst) characters, books and cakes.


This week we're waiting for our new batch of willing staff to finish filling out their Fiction Friday questionnaires for our enjoyment.
Apparently not everyone immediately knows which literary character they'd like to date (I know, right?!) so we're practicing patience and instead we're greedily eyeing up all the new fiction in the Learning Centre and thinking we should probably share the wealth.


At Yeovil College, alongside our brilliant academic library resources, including a plethora of academic books, journals, e-books, databases and more, we also have a delightful fiction selection, situated to the right of the main desk, past our group seating area.


We have a large selection of fiction in a variety of genres, types and flavours. We also have a biography section…

#Fiction Friday is Excited for World Book Day!

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Welcome to #FictionFriday, where we have been asking Yeovil College staff to share their thoughts, opinions and just plain random tastes in books.

This week, we've been preparing to celebrate World Book Day on Thursday 1st March 2018, which is a worldwide appreciation of reading and books, acknowledging their hugely positive influence, and encouraging everyone to join in with the fun.


At Yeovil College, the Learning Centre will be celebrating reading we love, and showcasing the Writes of Passage collection, the top 50 fiction books chosen by young adults which have changed their lives and, to quote the official website, rocked their world. These are divided into refreshingly different categories which, rather than being conventional genres, are based around the emotional impact and benefit which the book gives to the reader. So you can explore books that will make you think, make you laugh, thrill you or transport you.

We're planning an exciting cross-campus display, with il…

#FictionFriday Has Some Novel Suggestions

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Welcome to  #FictionFriday, where we ask Yeovil College staff to share their thoughts, opinions and just plain random tastes in books.
Each staff member selects questions to answer from a finely honed and crafted selection, designed to entertain and educate us about their reading lives.


Today we're talking to Esther Dobbs, our Print Room Assistant with a background in Creative Writing and an appreciation for a good coffee and a well written read. Esther says that Hufflepuff would be her Hogwarts house, because it sounds like fun!

What's the first book you remember reading, or being read?
"The Babysitters Club books, I absolutely LOVED these books! Mary Anne was always my favourite - she was quiet and sensible."
What is your favourite book of all time?

" 'American Wife' by Curtis Sittenfeld. It's loosely based on JFK and the US political scene. It has everything - her writing is always fantastic."
Name one book or author that you really can't st…