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.  

The Big Reveal: Our Next Reading Guide Will Be…

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 30 September 2021 > Pedagogy

Thank you to all of you who answered our poll about which of the oeuvres intégrales for Terminale LLCER you would like a Reading Guide for first. And the winner is… The Buddha of Suburbia (1990) by Hanif Kureishi, a semi-autobiographical coming-of-age story about a boy with an English mother and Pakistani father growing up … Continue reading “The Big Reveal: Our Next Reading Guide Will Be…”

No Time to Die James Bond

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 23 September 2021 > What's On

It’s finally (almost) here: the 25th Bond film that was delayed by on-set accidents during stunts, and then by COVID. Daniel Craig is appearing as Bond (but not 007) for the last time in a film that was co-written by Fleabag and Killing Eve creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Watch our video report. Check out our Ready-to-Use … Continue reading “No Time to Die James Bond”

James Bond

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 23 September 2021 > Ready to Use

The 25th James Bond film, No Time to Die , which has been delayed several times due to COVID, should prove of interest to pupils, the more so as the vast majority of them will be familiar with the hero. This A2 article gives some clues about his personality. Your pupils will also learn about … Continue reading “James Bond”

2021 Women’s Prize for Fiction Winner

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 09 September 2021 > What's On

The 2021 UK Women’s Prize for Fiction has been won by Susanna Clarke for Piranesi, only her second novel, published 16 years after her immensely popular Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell. Like its predecessor, Piranesi is an experimental novel in the realm of fantasy. Piranesi lives alone in an immense labyrinthine house surrounded by sea. … Continue reading “2021 Women’s Prize for Fiction Winner”

What’s Inside? Reading Guide: Jane Eyre

Posted by Speakeasy News > Monday 05 July 2021 > Pedagogy

In our series of author videos presenting our Reading Guides, here’s Jane Eyre presented by its author Lynda Itouchène. Find out more about the guide on the site compagnon.

David Copperfield

Posted by Speakeasy News > Sunday 23 May 2021 > Ready to Use

Dickens’ classic, David Copperfield, is given new life in this movie by Armando Ianucci. Beyond the slightly reinvented plot itself, we are given to experience a new way of telling stories, as boundaries between reality and fiction are blurred if not crossed. What’s more, this brand-new funny version features colour-blind casting and leads us to … Continue reading “David Copperfield”

Literature Festival in Lyon

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 21 May 2021 > What's On

The Littérature Live Festival will take place in Lyon and the surrounding region, as well as online, from 25 to 30 May 2021. It’s the successor of the annual Assises internationales du Roman and this year features 40 different contemporary authors, quite a few of whom write in English. As well as events at the … Continue reading “Literature Festival in Lyon”