Tuesday, 22 November 2011
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Thursday, 14 April 2011
La Asociación Escolar Comenius E-read, el IES La Marina de Santa Cruz de Bezana ha venido desarrollando durante los dos últimos cursos diversas actividades en colaboración con institutos de Alemania e Irlanda. Con la intención de difundir el trabajo realizado, se han organizado diversos encuentros y reuniones con los responsables de los distintos departamentos en materia educativa y cultural de las principales instituciones de nuestra región. Coordinadas desde el propio centro, estas actuaciones han formado parte de las variadas iniciativas relativas al tema del fomento de la lectura y escritura llevadas a cabo en los distintos centros europeos.
Redes de trabajo internacional:
En este proyecto, E- Read (Del Euroblog al Eurolibro), en el que participan los centros educativos de Irlanda (Carndonagh Community School) y Alemania (Werkmeister Gymnasium) y coordinado desde España a través del IES La Marina, se han trabajado conjuntamente ámbitos de tanto relieve como la competencia lingüística y digital, la competencia lectora, el funcionamiento de las bibliotecas escolares así como otros múltiples aspectos conforme a los intereses e iniciativas de profesores, alumnado y familias de los centros colaboradores. Las aportaciones las han realizado miembros de las comunidades educativas a través de un “Blog compartido de trabajo” (http://comenius-e-read.blogspot.com/), a cuya ventana se han ido asomando diversas propuestas de explotación didáctica, sugerencias y recomendaciones de libros y autores de cada país, encuentros con escritores, informaciones de corte literario y cultural, historias, relatos, ensayos y poesía. Con cerca de 200 entradas, el blog ha sido la principal fuente de contenidos del número siete de Cuadernos del Mar, una publicación del IES La Marina que, en esta ocasión, por su dimensión europea se ha editado en cuatro idiomas con la intención de incidir en el aprendizaje de lenguas y fomentar la sensibilización hacia otras culturas.
Un libro para leer muchos más:
Fruto de esta colaboración, ha sido la elaboración de un libro entre los tres institutos citados, cuyo principal eje temático es la lectura, los libros y las bibliotecas. El volumen, en el que han participado más de 150 personas, entre profesorado, alumnado, familias y otros colaboradores de los países participantes en el proyecto, gira en torno al tema del libro, la lectura, los lectores y las bibliotecas, con el objetivo esencial de fomentar el hábito lector y la escritura.
Cuadernos del Mar E-Read cuenta con una peculiar estructura que da cabida a todos los géneros y estilos. La “Proa” de este metafórico barco cuenta con destacadas intervenciones de los responsables de las instituciones que han colaborado en el proyecto. “La Pipa del Capitán” nos introduce en algunas de las reflexiones de destacadas firmas de la literatura actual. La sección “Travesías” recoge originales creaciones y relatos de diversos colaboradores. “Sala de Máquinas” está dedicada al análisis y al ensayo. “El Camarote de los Libros” nos presenta recomendaciones literarias y crítica conforme a los gustos e intereses. Por su parte, “Babor y Estribor” recoge algunas de los aspectos más destacados de la cultura del libro. El trabajo, finalmente, se cierra con la sección “Popa”.
Presentación del Proyecto Europeo:
El libro que aquí les presentamos cuenta con multitud de colaboraciones, cerca de ciento cincuenta, de los distintos países y presenta una edición en papel, con más de trescientas páginas, y otra digital. Entre dichas colaboraciones destacaríamos las de consagrados autores como Pérez-Reverte, Roddy Doyle, Heidemarie Brosche o el propio Ministro de Educación y escritor Ángel Gabilondo. Todas las intervenciones se centran en “la lectura como forma de enhebrar Europa”, ya que la dimensión europea se pretende lograr a través de múltiples redes de participación, siendo una de ellas el fomento de la cultura, la lectura y el hábito lector.
La presentación oficial del libro tendrá lugar en el propio Instituto, de manera que todo el alumnado pueda conocer de manera directa a los artífices del trabajo, así como en la Biblioteca Central de Cantabria el próximo 15 de abril, dentro del marco de actividades que con motivo del Día del Libro se celebrarán en la región. Posteriormente, los responsables del proyecto, junto a los ganadores del concurso literario y de dibujo, pretenden incidir en el valor europeo del proyecto presentándolo en mayo en la Oficina de Cantabria en Bruselas. Para mayor información, les invitamos a visitar la Web del proyecto: http://comenius-e-read.blogspot.com/ y http://instituto.ieslamarina.org/comenius/eread.htm
Tuesday, 5 April 2011
When getting my nose in a book
Cured most things short of school,
It was worth ruining my eyes
To know I could still keep cool,
And deal out the old right hook
To dirty dogs twice my size.
Later, with inch-thick specs,
Evil was just my lark:
Me and my coat and fangs
Had ripping times in the dark.
The women I clubbed with sex!
I broke them up like meringues.
Don't read much now: the dude
Who lets the girl down before
The hero arrives, the chap
Who's yellow and keeps the store
Seem far too familiar. Get stewed:
Books are a load of crap.
Thursday, 24 March 2011
Wednesday, 23 March 2011
Mis libros (que no saben que yo existo)
son tan parte de mí como este rostro
de sienes grises y de grises ojos
que vanamente busco en los cristales
y que recorro con la mano cóncava.
No sin alguna lógica amargura
pienso que las palabras esenciales
que me expresan están en esas hojas
que no saben quién soy, no en las que he
Mejor así. Las voces de los muertos
me dirán para siempre.
Jorge Luis Borges, (“La rosa profunda”)
Thursday, 17 March 2011
Lá Fhéile Pádraig sona daoibh or (in English) a Happy St Patrick's Day to you all.
Wednesday, 2 March 2011
“We become what we have read”
-A wise man once said
“Plus what imagination has set”
I might dare to bet.
The object for I always look
Above all others is the book.
Books have life, heart & wandering soul,
Travelling spirit, and wisdom as an owl.
Books are lively, noble and clever,
Most of them are awesome. However,
Now and then, to break this rule,
One finds a book which is not “cool”.
What, for example, would you say,
If studying or reading, one day,
In front of you, it came across
One of those considered gross,
With no pictures, nor wolf or fairy,
Just numbers & concepts which seldom vary?
Teachers always work with texts,
And complain about the students’ mess.
Then they regret about falling rates,
Especially with pupils, and all their mates.
But hardly ever, kids enjoy reading,
When compulsory, forced or meaning.
Not easy changing from a computer game
Into reading adventures; Not the same!
In this tech world we are living
It’s hard work to love reading.
As the Internet has everything, but heart
Which you’ll find in any book’s part
Enjoying always quietly in any park
On the beach, by the river or wherever you are.
Great stories may make you feel,
Laugh or cry, whether fictional or real.
A book can make you think, live and dream,
Getting involved as it may seem,
Anything is possible, get into fashion
Grip a book and read it with passion!
Tuesday, 1 March 2011
Colm Herron's first writing career began when he was seven. At that time he wrote stories about vampires and two-headed gravediggers and stiched them together on his big sister’s sewing machine before selling them to classmates at a penny apiece. Three years later he was telling cliffhangers to the denizens of the local gambling and snooker hall. Colm’s abiding memory is that these big wasters seemed to enjoy this weekly break from misspending their lives.
When he was fourteen he had a play on BBC Children’s Hour and at twenty-two he brought his short stories to Brian Friel, an emerging playwright. Friel told him, “This stuff’s better than what I was doing at your age. Keep it up.”
But Colm came away from these meetings unimpressed and remembers thinking, “This guy’s going nowhere. I don’t know why I came to him at all.”
Result: Colm gave up writing and decided to live instead. Meanwhile Brian Friel took off and while his plays were showing worldwide for the next thirty years and more, a story was kicking and turning in Colm’s head. That story became a novel and after some years thought he called it For I Have Sinned, a great title which drew remarkable reviews on both sides of the Irish sea.
Encouraged by these, Colm decided to reach for a place away way on past the sky and tell about the remarkable events that took place on the day that James Joyce came back from the dead. Randy as a goat and raring to write after many years of deprivation, James decides among other things to pen a novel that’s bang up-to-date, sexy, outrageous and accessible to one and all – saints, scholars and those in search of a good horny read. It’s a book that’s already in line to win the inaugural Good Sex Award at a ceremony to be held in Maynooth College, the gold phallic statuette to be presented, rumour has it, by the Catholic Primate himself.
Hello and welcome
Now listen. I'm giving Ireland one last chance. James Joyce got out to hell. So did Edna O'Brien. All the ones with talent got out, didn't they? I mean, real talent. Remember Graham Linehan? No? He's the guy that co-wrote Father Ted and Black Books and now writes The I.T. Crowd. He was told to get lost when he was here. Christ got a better welcome from the Pharisees. So he emigrated. Graham. If Christ had emigrated where would we be now? Good question but irrelevant. But Graham now, if Graham had stayed he'd probably be out busking or begging at this very moment and we'd be walking our guilt off as we brushed past him on O'Connell Bridge or somewhere.
They're all gone. Sometimes it seems that the only ones left are seven hundred and fifty thousand Chick Lit writers, a crooked government, mafia bankers, a Catholic hierarchy that's crumbling before its own uncomprehending eyes and an angry despairing populace that doesn't know whether to curse or cry.
THE EARLY INFLUENCES
The first time I fell in love was in Brooke Park library when I was eleven. She was ten and her name was Josephine and she had so many freckles on her face that she was a haze of delight. It didn’t take long for me to work out that she changed her books once a fortnight, always on a Wednesday and always between half four and five. I used to arrive early just in case, hoping she’d do the same and I’d get more of her. But she never did and it was during that twenty minutes of earliness one day that I discovered William Brown. William was the central character in the Just William books by Richmal Crompton and he made me forget my shyness and my sadness by making me laugh out loud. Laughing out loud in Brooke Park library was like yodelling in the chapel coming up to the Consecration but I just couldn’t help it. William had a gang which didn’t include girls because, well, just because. Yet there was one girl that he couldn’t shake off. Violet Elizabeth Bott was the lisping spoilt daughter of the local nouveau riche millionaire and it was Violet’s company that William was forced to endure to prevent her carrying out her threat "I'll thcream and thcream 'till I'm thick." The end of my affair came one Wednesday at the foot of page fifteen of William and the Outlaws. I looked up for some reason and realised that Josephine had come and gone. Or maybe she hadn’t even been. I turned to page sixteen and stifled a snigger.
During the next few years I moved from William to westerns. The greatest of these was by a writer called Jack Schaefer. It’s called Shane and it tells the story of a mysterious gunman who is a combination of Jesus Christ, Che Guevara and Clint Eastwood. What? You’ve read it too and you don’t agree? You feeling lucky?
Just one request before I go. Don’t read a library book when you’re in the toilet, right? Not hygienic. Read it anywhere else – bus, train, plane, wherever – but keep it out of the toilet. The very thought drives my obsessive compulsive disorder to distraction. I’m a Quaker at heart but there’s one cinema murder that I approve of. Remember John Travolta’s character in Pulp Fiction who always took his book to the can with him when he was doing his number two? And never washed his hands after? And Bruce Willis’s character who shot him between the eyes just as he came out of the toilet for the last time? Always remember that.
P.S. Saw Josephine the other day with her grandchildren. All her freckles are gone and she’s a sight. Lucky escape there.
Monday, 28 February 2011
Just before Christmas I was sent a list of twenty-five books, all of which had been chosen for World Book Night (March 5th), when a million copies of the chosen books will be given away, free. I hadn’t read most of the twenty-five, so I decided I’d try to read all of them before the March 5th. I’ve read sixteen, so far, and these are my favourites:
1. AGENT ZIGZAG, by Ben McIntyre
This is the true story of a World War Two double agent; he
spied for both sides. It’s very exciting, often funny. If it was a novel you wouldn’t believe it, because some of what happens is so mad and far-fetched. But it actually didhappen. It starts with a woman talking to her future husband, the double agent, in a hotel restaurant. Two men walk in – the police. He gets up, and jumps straight through the glass of the hotel window. And that’s the last she sees of him for six years!
2. ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT, by Erich Maria Remarque
Another war book, World War One this time. It’s about a very young man’s life in the German Army – how he survives, the insanity of war, the endurance of friendship. It’s very simply written, in the present tense, almost as if he’s writing it while the bombardments and firing are taking place.
3. STUART, A Life Backwards, by Alexander Masters
This is the true story of a homeless man, told to the writer, Alexander Masters, who met Stuart on a street in Oxford. Stuart thought the first draft was boring, so he told Masters to tell the story backwards – from the time they first met, through – backwards – his times in jail, his troubles in school, his teen years, his childhood. He thought it would be a much better way of telling the story – and he was right. It’s shocking, funny, sad, terrifying an absolutely brilliant.
20,000 passionate book lovers will give away 1,000,000 books on the inaugural World Book Night
The countdown begins. World Book Night will take place on Saturday 5 March 2011 and will be broadcast in partnership with BBC Two. This dynamic and unprecedented industry-wide initiative to celebrate adult books and reading will see one million free books given away on World Book Night by 20,000 passionate readers to other members of the public across the UK and Ireland. World Book Night will take place two days after World Book Day, the established nationwide reading campaign.
A growing list of high-profile figures from publishing, media and the arts are lending their support to this ambitious initiative by becoming Patrons of World Book Night including Damon Albarn, Dave Eggers, Colin Firth, David Gilmour, Antony Gormley, Seamus Heaney, Damien Hirst, Nigella Lawson, Mary Portas, J.K. Rowling and Tilda Swinton.
Author John le Carré says:
“No writer can ask more than this: that his book should be handed in thousands to people who might otherwise never get to read it, and who will in turn hand it to thousands more. That his book should also pass from one generation to another as a story to challenge and excite each reader in his time -that is beyond his most ambitious dreams.”
Author Margaret Atwood adds:
“When Jamie Byng told me about World Book Night, I was amazed not only by its magnitude but by its simplicity. The love of writing, the love of reading – these are huge gifts. To be able give someone else a book you treasure widens the gift circle. I was thrilled to be asked to support World Book Night, and doubly thrilled that The Blind Assassin was chosen to help launch it. Long may its voyage be!”
Wednesday, 23 February 2011
Another form of reading that is unavoidable is studying. I’m in Transition Year now, so I don’t do a lot of studying at the minute. But when I was in Third Year with Junior Cert exams coming up, I was studying like crazy, obviously involving a lot of reading. For the English Junior Cert exam I had to read a novel and a William Shakespeare play.
Reading is a great thing and I wish I would read more, but with all the distractions I never find the time...with TV, computers and gaming consoles, it's much too hard to stay focused. I may read more as I get older and need to increases my vocabulary.
That’s all I have to say. Hope it wasn’t to much trouble to read!
Transition Year, Carndonagh CS