Articles by Helen Coniam

I have been working for Oxford Open Learning since 2010 and love helping my students with their English and History courses. As a teacher and personal tutor, I have taught pupils from all around the world, aged from three to adult. I am often to be found with my head in a book and sometimes I have four or five on the go at the same time. I love learning about History and Art and am passionate about literature.

A Sin to Kill a Mockingbird?

The biggest and most difficult aspect to come to terms with is indeed the alteration in Atticus Finch.


Richard III: The Debate Continues

If Richard had scoliosis, does that prove he was the ‘crookback’ vilified by the Tudors and portrayed as such by Shakespeare? And, if so, can we conclude that his mind was as warped as his backbone?


Alan Seeger

Alan Seeger’s “Rendezvous with Death”

Seeger wrote a poem with one of the most emotive titles of the entire war in Rendezvous with Death.


New York, 1920

The Great War and The Great Gatsby

Because of the war, Gatsby has seen the world and profited from the extravagance it facilitated. But the life he constructs – and the dream upon which it is based – disintegrates.


An Owl decorated service starts a sparkling mystery

Favourite Stories: The Owl Service – by Alan Garner

I first read this book when I was 12 and I loved it because I could identify so much with Alison, one of the main characters.


St Enedoc's church

Literary Locations: Trebetherick

The local beaches of Polzeath and Daymer Bay, linked by the headland of Greenaway, were the inspiration for much of Betjeman’s poetry.


Literary Locations: Haworth

The three surviving girls and their brother Branwell managed to create for themselves a fantasy world which would sustain and inspire them.


Dylan Goes Electric: How news becomes history (and vice-versa).

When does news become history? Is it just after it is broadcast – or at that time is it still part of ‘current affairs’? Is it five minutes, five days, five months or five years later?


Adapting Holmes is far from Elementary

The episode of Sherlock due to be broadcast this Christmas is set once again in the past, perhaps proving the point that Holmes is at his best when solving crime by gaslight in the fog-filled streets of the nineteenth century.


Literary Locations: Newstead Abbey

Accounts of his time there include tales of him walking the abbey remains, drinking wine from a skull, and shooting pistols in the long gallery.


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