Hilary Robinson

Sainsbury's Ad Becomes Surprising Hit With Schools

Megan Brownrigg | Posted 05.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Megan Brownrigg

Many teachers around the country are using the Sainsbury's Christmas Truce advert as a learning resource for WW1 commemorations.

What Adoption Stories Really Tell Us

Hilary Robinson | Posted 29.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Hilary Robinson

Help A Hamster is a reminder and a celebration of the human condition - that while attitudes and circumstances may change, kindness and respect towards others always seems to remain a constant in an ever changing pressured world.

The New Sky Box and the Logic Gene

Hilary Robinson | Posted 06.10.2013 | UK Tech
Hilary Robinson

My great excuse in all this is that my logic is perhaps more accurate than they are willing to accept. Given that technology changes so rapidly I consider it foolish to learn the ins and outs of one contraption only to find that the next model is around the corner effectively and immediately rendering defunct, the prequel.

Young Children Should Be Included in World War One Commemorations Too

Hilary Robinson | Posted 15.09.2013 | UK
Hilary Robinson

At present two children from every state secondary school in England from spring until March 2019 will be given the opportunity to visit First World War battlefields. But it is our hope too that children of primary school age will be able, in their own way and suited to their needs, share in that witness as well.

"If Books Ever Die, Snobbery Would Be Standing Over its Corpse"

Hilary Robinson | Posted 02.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
Hilary Robinson

For Julia Donaldson, the Children's Laureate, whose term of office ends this week, has hit out at the pitifully low level of review space granted by the media to children's books. And her powerful passing shot is a launch of a campaign to secure much needed prominence for children's literature in the UK media.

Ten Questions Children Ask Authors

Hilary Robinson | Posted 23.07.2013 | UK Entertainment
Hilary Robinson

Martin Amis once famously declared that he would have to have "a serious brain injury" to write for children and that "he could never write about som...

That Mr Men Speech and Why Mr Gove Is Not Mr Right

Hilary Robinson | Posted 13.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Hilary Robinson

Having gone to a comprehensive school in an area of considerable social depravation I can speak for talented teachers who were specially selected for their ability to maintain control and to enthuse their students with imaginative and inspired ideas.

The Real Truth About Empty Nest Syndrome

Hilary Robinson | Posted 29.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Hilary Robinson

I don't for one minute underestimate how lucky we are to have two fantastic daughters who have worked hard to secure places at university and who are well and happy. I write this simply to help all mothers, and fathers, who found, like me, the thought that the change in circumstances would be so overwhelmingly unbearable it would be difficult to look forward.

The True Story of a Bereavement Workshop

Hilary Robinson | Posted 18.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Hilary Robinson

It was quite overwhelming to find the roots of our story were as the result of one incredible lady's inspiration and determination - and what a coincidence that Alfie Tate, one of the characters in the book had drawn a bird on his copper leaf, in memory of his teacher, because they had both "jumped for joy when they saw the first swallows of summer."

Fame - Why It's Not All It's Cracked Up to Be

Hilary Robinson | Posted 17.12.2012 | Home
Hilary Robinson

Whitney Houston said that fame "made you a personality instead of a person." Amy Winehouse's sudden rise to fame plunged the singer into a fatal cycle of substance abuse. Most recently Ollie Murs admitted he battled with drink and depression after the pressures of fame became too m

Library Matters: if it's not Broke Don't Fix It

Hilary Robinson | Posted 08.12.2012 | Home
Hilary Robinson

The jury may still be out on the future of ebooks v tree books and the world of publishing is facing its biggest challenges ever but the government has now waded in on whether to transfer the administration of the annual lifeline for many writers, the PLR cheque, to another body - and, as I write, we are awaiting the verdict.

Stonehenge - One Big Joke?

Hilary Robinson | Posted 24.11.2012 | Home
Hilary Robinson

Artist Jeremy Deller may have revealed more about Stonehenge than he realised when he described his inflatable replica "Sacrilege" as a representation of "Britain's history, culture and sense of humour." He said his unique take on a bouncy castle was "a way for everyone to learn about these places in a quite a silly way."

Media Studies Or Classics? It's a No Brainer

Hilary Robinson | Posted 17.09.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Hilary Robinson

Shakespeare once said "the education of circumstance is superior to that of tuition" and so when I am asked, as if often the case, about the perception and relevance of media studies compared with traditional subjects, I remain ambivalent.

Top Tips For Writing and Selling Your Book

Hilary Robinson | Posted 02.09.2012 | Home
Hilary Robinson

I could wax lyrical about the inner book and all that but hardly a day goes by when someone tells me how much they would like to write a book. Well, in many respects, it's never been easier to publish your own.

Shakespeare The Blogging Bard? Why O-Levels Should Become E-Levels

Hilary Robinson | Posted 24.08.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Hilary Robinson

While some of the latest suggestions from the Department of Education which seem to be rolling out at the same rate as spam emails are interesting, not to mention surprising, what seems to be overlooked is an appreciation of the impact that the e-age is having on the way we learn, the way we communicate, the way we function and the way we live.

War And Words: How Cyber Editing Could Mean Heathcliff Becomes Boris Johnson

Hilary Robinson | Posted 03.08.2012 | Home
Hilary Robinson

The result? The kindle word, which appears eight times in War And Peace, (which in itself might warrant translation concerns for Tolstoy) was edited into extinction and replaced by 'nook'.

Emily Bronte's Shocking News!

Hilary Robinson | Posted 30.07.2012 | Home
Hilary Robinson

It's enough to spur excitement into Heathcliffe's restless spirit.

Balls, Body, Bodyart - Beckham Has a Defining Quality Beyond All That...

Hilary Robinson | Posted 23.07.2012 | UK Sport
Hilary Robinson

Like the phoenix rising out of the ashes, time and time again Beckham has proved he has the capacity to bounce back from difficulties, criticism and scandal without bitterness but with genuine good grace. It is little surprise that, by the tattooed angel on his right shoulder, the text should read "in the face of adversity."

Paperbacks Vs EBooks? Easy - You Don't Need a Charger

Hilary Robinson | Posted 14.07.2012 | Home
Hilary Robinson

So why do we need printed books? The printed book doesn't run out of power or rely on a mislaid charger... I don't need to hide a printed book under the towel on the beach nor, for that matter, does it mind too much if I get sand in the cover... and when I do climb up to the first base of Everest I don't need to worry about a signal.