Mike Ferguson

Writing with Hammers

Writing with Hammers by Mike Ferguson
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fiction Education, Fiction
For readers of:Satire and the poetic, Richard Brautigan, Ray Carver
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Publication DateFebruary 2015
About the Book

How do you survive teaching English when hammers replace pens and this is only the beginning of a craziness that takes over from the happy and positive normality of a job started three decades before? Do you simply survive, strike out or accept defeat? Is hiding in a classroom's false ceiling a sensible protest, and will getting rid of the Headmaster bring about hopeful change? Names are altered and a precise location concealed, but could such a school exist and have students and their teachers actually behaved like this?

From melodramatic to sensitive snapshots, the history of a lifetime's teaching in one school is revealed in candid, bizarre and comic vignettes, all linked by one teacher's experience and a core of real students and teachers who made the job impossible or deeply rewarding. There is comedy in the horror, and passion in the despair. Above all there is honesty.

About the Author

Mike Ferguson is a widely published poet as well as author of educational textbooks for Longman and Cambridge University Press; is published in educational journals and online forums regarding the teaching of English and creative writing, and regularly blogs about writing and autobiographical storytelling. Retired from teaching, he taught English to 11-18 year old students for 30 years, 18 as Head of English.

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