• Watchmen Review

  • JCC

My Book

  • Slaughter Is the Best Medicine
    Slaughter Is The Best Medicine

« Stephanella Meets Jody Hedlund | Main | Making You Laugh – Part One »

23 July 2010


Sophie Playle

My first story at secondary school finished with 'And she woke up and it was all a dream!' My teacher's lesson on never ever ending a story like that has stuck.

Many of my teachers were very supportive of my writing. My RE teacher said I would be 'The next Dylan Thomas, only a female version' (I had no idea who Dylan Thomas was at the time). Several of my teaches looked through my work out of school hours and gave me a bit of feedback and a lot of encouragement - even teaches who I didn't have classes with.

Looking back, I guess I didn't realise how much encouragement I got from school. It probably has a lot to do with me continuing writing.

Talli Rolnd

What a terrible thing for a teacher to tell you! Instead of praising you, she doubted your ability -- horrible! I hope you track her down one day and show her what you've achieved!


Steph, I had teachers like yours. When we did O level English we were told not to do the story option in the essay paper, as 'no one did them well'. Nuts to that. I took my Eng O level 2 weeks after my 14th birthday, did the story option and got an A.

I love your 2 stories, especially the giraffe.

The comments to this entry are closed.