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Sarah Burton is currently director of the Creative Writing M. St Programme and Tutor in Writing for Children and Short Story Writing at the University of Cambridge. She is the author of several non-fiction books, including A Double Life: a Biography of Charles and Mary Lamb, which was shortlisted for the 2003 Mind Book of the Year.
When his teacher sets the class a History project, Sam cannot choose which bit of History he prefers, so decides to do ALL OF IT. His version of History is a rumbustious collection of half-remembered facts, assembled roughly in the right order, and glued together with alarmingly confident misunderstanding. And yet our endearing narrator somehow inadvertently hits the nail on the head every time - as when he sagely observes that the Suffragettes' hunger strikes paid off 'in the name of Female Emaciation', or that before Shakespeare came along 'everyone had been a bit rubbish at poetry' (notwithstanding Jeffrey Chortler, saviour of the Middle Agers'). Sam takes us from Ancient Egypt right up to Last Week with the flair of a bright-eyed nine-year-old. Rumour has it he is now working on an even more ambitious tome, The Entire World and Everything In It.
* A unique and comprehensive guide to putting on a community play. Essential source book for universities and colleges and students of Community Theatre/Theatre Studies. A step-by-step handbook for local community groups, amateur players and youth theatres that helps to avoid the pitfalls when staging a community play. Enables members of the public with no prior knowledge to learn how to put on a community theatre show - now a regular fixture in the annual calendar both in the UK and internationally.From the origins of the community play as religious celebration to the many varied forms it takes today, this book provides useful background for the student as well as an essential guide to the myriad tasks and decisions facing any community play organiser.With detailed advice on the preparation, planning and execution required to achieve success, the author also offers essential tips for the creative processes, administrative hurdles and technical headaches that must be overcome.
'Once upon a time, perhaps two thousand years ago, or maybe only yesterday, a man stood under a tree and waited. As he waited, people began to arrive: old people, young people, children, parents with babies, and even a couple of dogs. They settled on the cool grass under the shade of the great tree, all around the Storyteller, for that is who the man was. Once a year, everyone gathered round to hear him tell this story.' The storyteller's tale is one we think we all know: the story of Mary and Joseph and the birth of a very special baby. But do we know it? This unique retelling weaves ancient nativity legends -- now largely forgotten -- into the familiar narrative. Its short chapters make it ideal for nightly Advent readings or bedtime storytelling. Children will rediscover the wonder and sparkle of this great story by hearing it from some less common angles. Even parents will find it both moving and surprising, and may see the traditional narrative through fresh eyes.