With the new regime, I don’t have a lot of time to go into detail, but I think you have the gist of things by now. Simply choose one of the topics, and then brainstorm. Fiction and non-fiction; topical and evergreen.
St George is the patron saint of England and it’s St George’s Day on 23 April every year. That makes it an evergreen.
What do we know about St George? What is he famous for? Where was he born? Where did he die? Did he really kill a dragon-like creature? Is he a complete fallacy?
What do the English do on St George’s Day? Do they celebrate it like the Irish celebrate St Patrick’s Day? Should they? Should there be a public holiday?
The English flag is the cross of St George. Can other flags be discussed in an article?
Write a short story set against St George or St George’s Day. It could be thoroughly English and include a street party.
The Boston Marathon
One hundred and twenty-five years ago next year, on 19 April 1897, the first Boston Marathon was held.
What is the history of the Boston Marathon? Are there any events linked to the marathon that you can investigate, research and write about? Could you write a story featuring a runner who wants to do the Boston Marathon?
What else can you find out about Boston? This is Boston in America, but what about Boston in England?
England’s great bard William Shakespeare was born on 23 April 1564, and he apparently died on 23 April 1616 (it isn’t actually known, but it’s widely assumed). Unfortunately, neither of those dates is topical, either this year or next year.
However, 23 April every year is now, apparently, National Talk Like Shakespeare Day, so that makes it an evergreen.
What do you know about Shakespeare? What can you find out about him? His birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon, is a particularly scenic part of the British Isles. It’s also where he died and where he rests. He spent a lot of his life in London, so there is a lot there that is connected to Shakespeare.
Are there any theatres near you who show plays by Shakespeare? Don’t forget, he was also a poet. What can you write about that?
Over to you…
… and don’t forget to come back and let me know if and what you did, and how it fared.
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