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About gunther.y

I am the Chartered Librarian of Nottingham High School.

Harry Goodwin is 100.

This happy boy is Harry Goodwin, son of a local grocer who came to the school aged 12 in 1927 on his family’s return from South Africa, the country of his birth. His father had fought in the Boer War … Continue reading

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Dawn of the Unread

A new initiative driven by James Walker of Nottingham Writers’ Studio is the creation of an interactive reading environment Dawn of the Unread which combines Nottingham history, graphic fiction and digital learning with the work of local authors and artists … Continue reading

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Nottingham. UNESCO City of Literature

You may have heard that Nottingham is bidding to become the 2015 UNESCO City of Literature. Nottingham has a very strong case having produced more than a fair share of quality authors over the past few centuries and a vibrant cultural … Continue reading

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50 Best Books for Cultural Diversity

  A few years ago I wanted to add the category of cultural diversity to our Year 7 Reading Challenge, but the term “cultural diversity” didn’t sit very well beside animal, fantasy and thriller so I named it Other Cultures … Continue reading

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And the winners are…

Thank you everyone who kept a Year 6-7 Summer Reading Log this past summer and also the Year 8s and 9s who rose to the Summer Reading Challenge. As promised, a draw was made for both projects on Friday lunchtime … Continue reading

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The Summer Reading Challenge Ends Sept 8th

                                                    Welcome Back. Six Weeks, Six Books?  DON’T FORGET to bring your completed Summer Challenge booklets to the Librarians to be entered in the Prize Draw.  Closing date Monday 8th Sept.  (Even if you haven’t read all 6…)

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Letter to an unknown Soldier

August 4th is the 100th anniversary of the start of what we know as the First World War. Over the next four years you will come across many cultural events that commemorate that war. As the school archivist I know … Continue reading

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The Fault in our Stars

John Green’s The Fault in our Stars, unsentimental but humane, is a bestseller with good reason.   It illustrates the way we can prevail through the worst of circumstances; a way we can manage the unchartered areas of our lives, adult or child.   (His … Continue reading

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Where the Wild Things Are

Where The Wild Things Are was written 51 years ago in 1963 and the changes it made to children’s publishing and what was considered suitable for children to read were enormous. Now it has sold over 20 million copies and many … Continue reading

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What’s your favourite Metasphere?

Year 6 and 7 had a very absorbing talk from Jeff Norton yesterday to coincide with WBD.  Promoting the fourth and final book in his MetaWars series, Jeff introduced (most of us) to the terms and concepts of Digital Legacy, Meta-trends, Meta-Spheres and Tech … Continue reading

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