The anti-phonics crackpots have been out again this weekend. On Saturday, Mike Lloyd-Jonesmade me smile when he pointed out the spurious logic of one anti-phonics writer of a letter to the Guardian newspaper. The writer attempted to discredit phonics by using the kind of invented spelling that phonics advocates have by now become used to: ‘fonics’ and… Continue reading Broadcasting grouse!
I was listening to Broadcasting House this morning on Radio 4 when the Beeb decided to do its bit for ‘reading for pleasure’.They had Daisy Milligan, aged nine, reading from Joyce’s Ulysses. Later her sister Lotte read from Melville’s Moby Dick, and, finally, Daisy again, this time from Hawking’s A Brief History of Time. Melville,… Continue reading Reading for pleasure