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OUT NOW!  Following up on our A-level guide to AQA's poetry anthology we're now bringing out two spanking new critical guides to their GCSE anthologies. Our first book hit the shelves in the first week of the new year with the second arriving just after Valentine's day:

Also recently published are our two critical guides to Edexcel's and Eduqas's GCSE poetry anthologies: 

Also OUT NOW two new books for Edexcel, our revised Poems of the Decade book and a new one for GCSE poetry.

We have a number of seminars in the pipeline. These include:

  • A revision class on Poems of the Decade, with poet Ciaran O'Driscoll and writer of our critical guide Neil Bowen
  • A revision class on AQA's Love Through the Ages with Dr Carol Atherton & Neil Bowen
  • Poet Ian Duhig will be contributing to a Q & A on his poem 'The Lammas Hireling'
  • Academics Professor Bob Eaglestone, Dr Will May, Dr Graeme Pedlingham & Dr Oliver Tearle will al be running seminars on literary topics and texts, details to be confirmed. 
Check calendar for more details.

We're super chuffed with this feedback on our The Art of Writing English Essays for A-level and Beyond book: 

"The book is extremely useful, and I will be adding it to the suggested reading for Foundation students on the Literature module and will send it the way of the Library (via the study skills team in the School of English as you say, I think 1st years would find this helpful, the examples are great, as well as Foundation and A-Level study." 

Dr. Graeme Pedlingham, Convenor of Foundation Years, University of Sussex

Great endorsement of our critical guides from Loughborough University's Dr Oliver Tearle who also hosts the popular 'Interesting Literature' website: 

'The poetry books are absolutely fantastic - clear, insightful, helpful in the extreme. They're a wonderful example of how to write accessibly yet analytically about poetry - something it's difficult to do.'

OUT NOW: Must read critical guides to AQA's Love Through the Ages anthology. Grab yours while stocks last!


Volume 3 of The Art of Poetry covering the remaining 14  poems from Forward's Poems of the Decade:    ie=UTF8&qid=1460102660&sr=8-11&keywords=neil+bowen 


 OUT NOW! Volume 2 of The Art of Poetry series focuses on Forward's Poems of  the Decade, a set text for the Edexcel exam board.

Literature is a jungle. And you, dear literary student, are an explorer, a map-maker, a  naturalist, a psychogeographer.

Of all the beasts that roam or lurk among the jungle's dense foliage, from the enormous,  lumbering Victorian state-of-the-nation novel to the bloody-mouthed, carnivorous  revenge tragedy, from the boisterous tribe of wild sonnets that jibber in the trees to the  creeping, shadowy presence of the Gothic novel, the most dangerous and intriguing by  far is a small beast, a fast-moving beast, a beast untethered by place or time, a beast  that is, in fact invisible. Among literary explorers this beast is known, simply, as 'the  unseen'.   

 Fear not this mysterious critter. Arm and train yourself to wrestle it into submission;  master it and it will do your bidding, like a familiar spirit. Master 'the unseen' and it will  pay you fabulous rewards, perhaps. How? Simple. Just buy The Art of Poetry, volume  1: The complete unseen taming kit, for every literary adventurer. Available now on  Amazon. 






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