Search NorthernTeacher's books

Members with NorthernTeacher's books

Member connections

Friends: oldstick

Interesting library: NarratorLady

RSS feeds

Recently-added books

NorthernTeacher's reviews

Reviews of NorthernTeacher's books, not including NorthernTeacher's

Site design selection

Use the new design

Use the old design

The old design is no longer fully supported nor does it get full attention when we roll out new features. We strongly recommend using the new design.

 

Member: NorthernTeacher

CollectionsGardening (18), Book club (4), Anti-religion (10), English (11), Library (18), First Edition (2), Science (18), Recycled (11), Your library (85), Wishlist (3), Favorites (18), All collections (104)

Reviews5 reviews

Tagsscience (21), library (20), gardening (15), favourites (14), recycled (13), secondhand (10), anti-religion (9), English (9), ELT (7), atheism (7) — see all tags

Cloudstag cloud, author cloud, tag mirror

About meAvid reader.
Proofreader and writing advisor for university students.
Have taught in China, Sri Lanka and Libya.
***********

The Library Ticket (by me)

This orange passport
Like an envelope, well-addressed
Slotted into her life
Pages fell open

The central spine
Was fraying, tearing
Like an offspring pulling away
Adolescence

A ticket to her own mind
Its secrets locked like a story
Until escape
At the final chapter

I wrote this poem at a poetry writing day (believe it or not) at the Friend's Centre in Brighton, sometime in the early 90's. I was an Adult Literary Skills and an ESOL tutor there for several years. The poem is in memory of my very first library membership: Charleston Library, Lower Kersal, Salford. Sadly, this place is no more. It's where I first read Nancy Drew books in my late primary and then early teenage years. Born 1954.

Sent poem to Voices for the Library
Published on their site at
http://www.voicesforthelibrary.org.uk/wordpress/?s=the+library+ticket

*************

What Kind of Reader Are You? from
Quiz URL: http://www.gotoquiz.com/what_kind_of_reader_are_you

My Result: Literate Good Citizen
"You read to inform or entertain yourself, but you're not nerdy about it. You've read most major classics (in school) and you have a favorite genre or two".

Result Breakdown:
93% Literate Good Citizen
84% Dedicated Reader
84% Book Snob
70% Obsessive-Compulsive Bookworm
7% Fad Reader
0% Non-Reader

Do I believe this?

**************

About my libraryAvid reader - fiction and non-fiction.
Hate romance. Love crime.
Love buying secondhand.
Love my public library.

I've given so many books away over the years, either to friends or to charity shops. I don't usually give my non-fiction away now but I haven't listed all the books I use for teaching English. I don't usually list the fiction I read except for those very special books.

Groups50-Something Library Thingers, Brits, Crime, Thriller & Mystery, Gardens & Books, Happy Heathens, I Survived the Great Vowel Shift, Love the Library, Pedants' corner, Undiscovered Gems

Favorite authorsAlan Bennett, Richard Dawkins, Robert Fisk, Sam Harris, Peter James, David Lodge, Simon Winchester (Shared favorites)

VenuesFavorites

Favorite librariesJubilee Library, University of Brighton - Falmer Library, University of Brighton - St Peter's House Library

Other favoritesHay Festival of Literature & the Arts, Brighton Festival

Homepagehttp://www.wa4s.co.uk

Membership LibraryThing Early Reviewers/Member Giveaway

Real nameJane

LocationHuttoft, Alford, Lincolnshire

Account typepublic, lifetime

URLs /profile/NorthernTeacher (profile)
/catalog/NorthernTeacher (library)

Member sinceFeb 20, 2009

Leave a comment

Comments

Hi Jane,
Happy New Year to you too, sorry I'm so late in replying to you.
Lucile
Librarian,
Language Centre,
Oxford University
Dear Jane,

Thanks for your note. We have much more in common than you could know from my 2010 reading list. The first is that I am an avowed Anglophile and besides being married to a Brit, I have gobbled up everything that that "national treasure" Alan Bennett has ever written and am also a huge fan of His Dark Materials and of David Lodge. I've just returned from 10 days in London where I got to spend my birthday; when I wasn't at a play, I could usually be found in a book shop.

On a personal note, I'm also an ESL tutor and examiner. My in-laws used to live in Sidmouth where we spent a lot of time. And I have a sister Jane!

See how much we have in common?

Anne

No, darn it! Just like trying to listen to the stream of Test Match Special, it's not allowed in my area! I'd really have liked to watch that one as well.

Thanks for thinking of me though.

Jim
Help/FAQs | About | Privacy/Terms | Blog | Contact | APIs | WikiThing | Common Knowledge | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | 91,482,109 books! | Top bar: Always visible