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Angela Topping's Blog · 1M ago

Working for Examination Boards

In 1993, I began working for a leading examination board, starting on the Tragedy paper of A level English Literature, because I wanted to sharpen my teaching and keep up my skill level, having taught A level English Literature for … Continue reading...
Angela Topping's Blog · 1M ago

Old Poetry Magazines

Recently I have been involved in attempts to de-clutter the loft, and have been bringing d...
Angela Topping's Blog · 3M ago

Poetry and Handbound Books

I am leading in a holiday in a country house near Keswick this coming September. The compa...
Angela Topping's Blog · 3M ago

Words by the Water 2017

I recently led a holiday for HFHolidays, to the Words by the Water Festival at the Theatre by the Lake in Keswick. I stayed at Derwent Bank, one of their country houses and took my party in by taxi to … Continue reading →
Angela Topping's Blog · 3M ago

StAnza 2017

I had wanted to go to StAnza for a long time, but there was very often a clash with school...
Angela Topping's Blog · 4M ago

Hygge Feature 33 # Against the Horror

When I started this feature my aim was to let poetry shine some light into the darkest time of year. 2016 was a very difficult year on the world stage. We are all aware of the results of two very … Continue reading →
Angela Topping's Blog · 4M ago

Hygge Feature #32 Enduring Love

Valentine’s Day is not hygge, as such, because it’s about impressing the one you love with...
Angela Topping's Blog · 4M ago

Hygge Feature #31 Ritual

There is comfort in a special way of doing things, even, or perhaps especially, a quotidian task like making tea. Both of these poems are about relationships with female family members and p...
Angela Topping's Blog · 4M ago

Hygge Feature #30 Hygge Emergency kit

To mark the 30th post in this series, I have decided to give you all some ideas for an emergency hygge kit for difficult days. The kit is designed to carry around with you, to be used if you can … Continue reading →
Angela Topping's Blog · 4M ago

Hygge Feature #29 Grandparents lost

Following on from yesterday’s post about grandparents, here are two of my own poems about my maternal grandparents. I never met them because they both died of cancer long before I was born, nursed tenderly by my mum. But I … Continue reading →