About

I taught English for 30 years in an 11-18 comprehensive – more than half of those as Head of Department – retiring early in 2010. The first 10-15 years were a kind of bliss, teaching with a full sense of professional and creative control. The latter years still contained the crucial element of working with wonderful students and fellow teachers – indeed, this is the only way I endured – but the increasing political intervention and target culture destroyed the job for me.

With this background and a continuing role as a Senior Examiner at GCSE [30+ years here], I remain deeply involved in education, and this blog will continue to reflect such. In addition to my personal political/educational correctives on issues that gall, the blog contains many teaching and learning resources, mostly creative writing ideas [and typing ‘creative writing’ in the search bar will direct you to most of these].

In my retirement from the day-to-day, I have more time to write, and write poetry, so this blog will also present this and has done increasingly so over the few years of its existence: my continuing thanks to the regular and varied editors who publish and support this work.

Educational Publications

Creative Writing in Schools: Rupert Loydell in conversation with Mike Ferguson, Writing in Education [NAWE], Issue Number 31, 2003

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Poems In Your Pocket, Imaginative Approaches to GCSE Poetry: Routes Through English series, Longman – Student resource and photocopiable teachers’ handbook, 1999

Crafting Poetry: Original Writing for GCSE: Devon Curriculum Services – booklet in support of DVD

Various poetry resources [especially for National Poetry Days]Teachit; further references/resources/details in this site

Wordplay; Dancing With Words; Powering Poetry, Classroom Resources – three separate photocopiable teacher resources for creative writing

The AQA Anthology Poems: Poems from Different Cultures: Cluster One, Devon Curriculum Services – national video/dvd performance and discussion of two AQA GCSE examination poems [also shown on BBC Bitesize annually for duration of this exam]

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Writing Workshops, co-authored with Martin Phillips – Cambridge University Press, 2015 Details here

Writing Workshops, Teacher’s Resource – Cambridge University Press, 2015 Details and free download here

Poetry Publications

Poems published in the following anthologies: The Bees Sneeze; The Stumbling Dance; Voices for Kosovo; Things We Said Today, Poems About The Beatles; my kind of angel, i.m. william burroughs; When Good Dogs Have Bad Dreams, Four American Poets – all Stride Books

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Nearing The Border, poetry collection – Stride, 1998

Further poems in [historically speaking]: Palantir; Argo; Otter; Odyssey; Scratch; Ramraid Extraordinaire; Headlock

Further poems in: Stride Magazine; International Times; inksweatandtears; Establishment Magazine; Smallminded Books; Tower of Babel [like this press, 2012]; Newspaper Taxis [Seren Press, 2013]; X-Peri; iOTA Poetry; Nerve Damage [Analogue Flashback Books, 2016]; The Gospel According to Archbishop Makeshift [Digital Analogue Books, 2016]

Extracts from novel Writing With HammersThe Use of English Volume 54 Number 2, 2003

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Writing with Hammers – can be downloaded for free here

Writing as member of Coleridge Memorial Trust: mobile banners; Land of Canaan tourist information lectern, Ottery St Mary. I currently manage the CMT Facebook and CMT Twitter pages @ColeridgeMT]

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Yesterday’s Music Today – [edited with Rupert Loydell] Knives Forks and Spoons, November, 2015: further details here

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Precarious Real – [chapbook sonnet collection] Maquette Press, January, 2016

Poems from 2017 in – After the Pause; Allegro Poetry Magazine; Amethyst; Bare Fiction; Burning House Press; Clementine Unbound; Decals of Desire; Dime Show Review; Erase-Transform; Eunoia; Hypnopomp Magazine; I am not a silent poet; Ol’ Chanty – Chanticleer Magazine; Poetry – WTF?!; Strange Poetry; The Open Mouse; The Poetry Shed; The Poetry Village; unbroken journal; Visitant; Your One Phone Call; Wordgathering

Where To Read Some of My Work [with thanks for supporting]

Poems at International Times here

Poems at new Stride here

Poems at X-Peri here

Awards

Just the two: The George Crabbe Memorial Poetry Competition, 1979 Crabbe Memorial Competition – First Prize [read here]; Sidmouth Arts Festival, Open Entry Poetry Competition 1994 – First Prize

[© All original poems in this blog are the copyright of the author Mike Ferguson,  2015-2018]

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