It’s raining cats . . . or dogs?

To celebrate the publication of Old Toffer’s Book of Consequential Dogs by Christopher Reid, illustrated by Elliot Elam, we asked some of our authors and staff whether they were cat people or dog people, and to write a little bit about their cat(s) or dog(s).   DOGS Claire Barker, author of Picklewitch and Jack I…

The Secret Teacher: Teaching The Waste Man

If you were asked to teach an A-level English class in an inner city state school, which book would you choose? Well, surely you must study books which are accessible, multi-cultural, feminist and inspiring, which can inflame the alienated adolescent mind. Ta Hanisi Coates, James Baldwin, Ralph Ellison, Toni Morrison, Angela Carter, Arundhati Roy, Tennessee…

Valerie Eliot (1926-2012)

It was with deep sadness that we learnt of the death of Valerie Eliot, announced by the Estate of T. S. Eliot. Valerie died peacefully at home on the evening of Friday 9th November following a brief period of illness. Valerie Eliot, née Esmé Valerie Fletcher, was born in Leeds on 17th August 1926 and…