A site for students studying English at 'A' Level/University. Discussion Forums and unique 
                                                  Online Seminars to build confidence, creativity, and individual analytical style.

Neil Bowen

Joined Jul 14 2011
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Hi, I'm Head of English at Wells Cathedral School, an 11-18 semi-Independent school in lovely Somerset. I write articles and teaching resources, for a range of organisations such as the English and Media Centre, Zig Zag education and Classic Comics. I am particularly interested in poetry, espeically the modern stuff that few people choose to read. Recently I have co-written, edited and published a series of books on poetry, including the latest on AQA's Love Poems Through the Ages anthology. All peripeteia books are available exclusively via Amazon.

I started peripeteia in my free time a few years ago, originally on facebook, where we still have a presence and on our website. I'm delighted with how it's progressing, particularly our new international dimension and connections with university English departments.

I would like to encourage members to start posting ideas/ thoughts /resources/ poems/aphorisms/ literary jokes/ links/ stories/ research or even just desperate pleas for help! Please don't feel intimidated about posting; once you take the plunge you'll find the literary water is warm and supportive.

hope too that members enjoy our seminar series. I would especially like to thank our excellent seminars leaders, who are giving their time and expertise for free :).

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Reply Doctor Dankstus
12:31 PM on March 16, 2016 
Thanks Neil! I've got Patterson's "40 Sonnets" book. I'm going to read it after I finish "Loop Of Jade".
Reply Derek
7:47 AM on February 27, 2016 
Hi Neil, thanks for the welcome message! I'm excited to be joining the project, too. Leah Stewart told me about your work, and I really liked the sample analysis on the Armitage poem that Dr Tearle did. I'm doing the AQA English Literature A specification, so my topic this year is "Love Through The Ages" - not my favourite since I'm more interested in the social/political angle of literature, but I'm trying to make the most out of it. Nice to meet you!
Reply HShah
9:42 AM on December 1, 2013 
Hello Neil! Thank you, Sweden is eye-opening! It's very kind of you to remember :D I signed up to Peripeteia before I left and log on when I can to feast on your poetry seminar discussions! Fantastic. One of these days I'll wade in :D I'm grateful for the opportunity they give me to feel involved with A level literature teaching and learning - great idea! Thanks again.
Reply Dominique Perry
5:07 PM on March 24, 2013 
Looks wonderful. What an opportunity!
Reply Tim Hewitt
5:37 AM on January 21, 2013 
Neil, thanks for the heads up about the upcoming seminar. We found the last one very stimulating, so we wait with keen interest. I will get my pupils to think of some questions and contributions. Many thanks for thinking of us as you organised this.
Reply James Hanna
6:15 AM on November 29, 2012 
Hi Neil,
i'm teaching the OCR Eng Lit A level. Mys students are doing the coursework essay on linked texts, for which I taught them 'The Secret Scripture' by Sebastian Barryas a core text, then gave them a choice of comparisons: most chose 'The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox' by Maggie O'Farrell as the second text. If you have anything relevant to either of those novels, we would be very grateful!
Reply Charles Building
9:30 AM on November 23, 2012 
Hi Neil,
the group looks at theatre, moving image, book adaptations. We have only recently set-up and were really keen on this site as a forum for debate and discussion on literature. We have recently considered adaptations of Austen's Pride and Prejudice and what room there might be for further 'fresh' adaptations. We have also discussed some plays and current performances, both professional and ameteur. The age range of the group is 15-17 with students studying GCSE and A' Level though not all are literature students.
Reply Tim Hewitt
4:53 PM on November 7, 2012 
Great, really enjoyed my first visit to the online seminar programme.
Reply Mrs Sharman
4:46 PM on November 7, 2012 
Thank you. I've also told my group about the Yeats seminar as we are studying his poetry also.
Reply Tim Hewitt
4:15 PM on November 7, 2012 
We would love a seminar on "Dorian Gray" and "Dr Jekyll". It would be really helpful.
Reply John O'Shea
5:31 PM on October 3, 2012 
Hi Neil. have been busy putting together an English Dept blog/site. Your students may find some interesting resources and links.(some of which come from your fine site). We have begun to play around with video tutorials and pinterest and so there may be some items of shared interest. Best wishes for the year ahead. Site address is
Reply MrMarsden
8:59 AM on March 25, 2012 
Hi Neil,

Thanks for this. Really enjoyed the seminar, as did my AS level students. We're from Maria Fidelis - a community school in Camden, London - where I'm doing my second PGCE placement. The seminar really opened up Dickinson for me (I'm loving teaching her poetry for AS level) and I will be keen to attend other upcoming seminars just to bolster my own professional knowledge (e.g. I know *nothing* about Yeats). When I've finished the half-term teaching Dickinson I'll happily share the resources I've developed. Please pass my thanks on to Will, this is an excellent initiative. If there's anything I can help with in the future let me know.
Reply John O'Shea
5:14 PM on March 20, 2012 
Hi Neil. Love the website and the generous spirit of sharing resources. I have encouraged some our lit students to join. Just wanted to say thank you for the Dickinson seminar. Recognised some thanks for the opportunity. Happy to share resources
Reply Helen Calcutt
4:28 PM on March 5, 2012 
Thanks Neil, lovely to be here. Looking forward to getting stuck in....
Reply Matthew Curry
11:11 AM on February 17, 2012 
Just to let you know that my kindle book Fourteen Pieces is on a free promo for a few days on Amazon starting today. Hope it goes as well as Virtual Reality, which shifted nearly 200 when it was on offer the other week.
Reply Lias
4:37 AM on February 7, 2012 
Dear Neil,
I've just updated my profile. Are you sure I'm the first antipodean member? Proud of that. Got on to your website not through serendipity, but through the TES website, then a number of links. Couldn't tell you how! Appreciate this.


Lesley Clark
Reply Rose
5:20 PM on December 22, 2011 
Thoughts on Birdsong posted! Also - my favourite poem "This is Just To Say" by William Carlos Williams
Reply munazza
3:41 AM on December 10, 2011 
It's really nice being a part of this project. I have invited some my colleagues as well. Hopefully they'll join soon.
Reply razika
8:08 AM on December 9, 2011 
Dear Neil, so glad to join you again. In fact, I visited peripeteia before, but I forgot my username.
Reply T Garfath
3:17 PM on November 11, 2011 
Excellent website, and a resource which I'll encourage my students to use.

Thank you for starting it!