Sir Walter Scott at 250

Posted by Speakeasy News > Monday 18 October 2021 > Celebrate

The father of the historical novel, author of Ivanhoe and the romanticised image of Scottish history portrayed in the Waverley novels, and a collector and preserver of ballads from the oral tradition, Sir Walter Scott was one major figures of Victorian Britain. This year, Scotland celebrates the 250th anniversary of his birth. Scott was born … Continue reading “Sir Walter Scott at 250”

Sir Walter Scott

Posted by Speakeasy News > Monday 18 October 2021 > Ready to Use

This year marks the 250th anniversary of author Sir Walter Scott’s birth, on 15 August 1771. Our Biobox video quiz will allow you to familiarise your students with Scott’s life from A2+ level. You can download the MP4 file below to use in class.  

100 Years Ago: Northern Ireland Came into Existence

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 13 May 2021 > In the News

1921 has been described as a year of anniversaries in Northern Ireland, marking 100 years since the partition of Ireland which led to the creation of Northern Ireland. But nobody seems sure which dates to mark or celebrate, or indeed if they should be marked at all. A century after the border was created, and in … Continue reading “100 Years Ago: Northern Ireland Came into Existence”

Ray Bradbury

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 18 September 2020 > Ready to Use

Ray Bradbury took the popular genre of science-fiction to the level of literature with short story collections like The Martian Chronicles and novels like his masterpiece Fahrenheit 451. A hundred years after his birth, this B1-level article will allow your pupils to discover Bradbury and his work. It is ideal for the beginning of the … Continue reading “Ray Bradbury”

Ray Bradbury at 100

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 05 August 2020 > Celebrate

American author Ray Bradbury spent more than seventy years fascinating readers and viewers with futuristic science-fiction stories like The Martian Chronicles, and Fahrenheit 451. But it all started with a little bit of magic. Bradbury was born in 1920 in Waukegan, a small town in Illinois. He fell in love with storytelling by watching films … Continue reading “Ray Bradbury at 100”

Scotland’s Birth Certificate

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 06 May 2020 > Celebrate

Seven hundred years ago, Scotland’s most powerful lords wrote a letter that many consider the country’s foundational document: The Declaration of Arbroath. In it, they swore they would never submit to English rule. In 1320, Scotland was in the midst of the Wars of Independence with its southern neighbour. After William Wallace’s ultimately doomed rebellion … Continue reading “Scotland’s Birth Certificate”

Studying Wordsworth’s Poetry for Spring

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 25 March 2020 >

One of the  most famous British poets is celebrating his 250th birthday in April! Why not introduce students to Wordsworth by studying one of his  iconic poems, “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” (also known as “Daffodils”), a perfect start to spring! The following activities will help your students discover Wordsworth himself, through a Biobox … Continue reading “Studying Wordsworth’s Poetry for Spring”

Wordsworth: I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud

Posted by Speakeasy News > Monday 23 March 2020 > Ready to Use

One of the  most famous British poets is celebrating his 250th birthday in April! Why not introduce students to him by studying one of his  iconic poems, “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” (also known as “Daffodils”), a perfect start to spring! The following activities will help your students discover Wordsworth himself, through a Biobox … Continue reading “Wordsworth: I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud”

He Wandered Lonely as a Cloud

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 31 January 2020 > Celebrate

William Wordsworth was a leading light of the Romantics, famous in habitant of the Lake District, and Poet Laureate. 2020 marks his 250th anniversary. Wordsworth (1770-1850) is chiefly remembered as a nature poet in his beloved Lake District, where he was born and lived much of his life. But he was also a radical in … Continue reading “He Wandered Lonely as a Cloud”