Call out for: GCSE English Literature Resource Development Commissions

Published Thu 4 Jul 2019 - By Literature Wales
Gillian Clarke. Image: Marian Delyth

CREW – Swansea University and Literature Wales are pleased to announce 15 commissions of new resources for teachers of WJEC GCSE English Literature. These will be available to download for free and publicised widely over their two year lifespan with the possibility of extended use. The intention is to support teachers who in turn are guiding pupils in the study of Welsh literature and writers. Please note these resources are not endorsed by, or associated with WJEC in any way.

Each resource will focus on one of the 15 poems selected by WJEC for the 2019-2021 syllabus, chosen from the Library of Wales anthology Poetry 1900-2000: One Hundred Poets from Wales. These are:

Leisure, WH Davies (p.3)
A Peasant,  RS Thomas (p.137)
Cynddylan on a Tractor, RS Thomas (p.139)
Cathedral Builders, John Ormond (p.288)
Some Fathers, Peter Gruffydd (p.447)
Walnut Tree Forge, John Tripp (p.351)
Let’s go to Barry Island (31,) Idris Davies (p.60)
In Cardigan Market, Brian Morris (p.371)
Harvest at Mynachlog, Gillian Clarke (p.479)
The Fisherman, Christine Evans (p.541)
Callers, Christine Evans (p.538)
Those who Make Paths, Catherine Fisher (p.766)
Dancing Woman 1, Pennyanne Windsor (p.603)
Heroines, Pennyanne Windsor (p.606)
Daedalus, Stephen Knight (p.807)

Each resource will take the form of a short helpsheet for teachers, designed and typeset by us and intended to support lesson planning. Helpsheets created for poems on the 2020 syllabus can be found via the following link and should be used as a model:

Commissioned contents include:
– A 250 word context and/or biography of the poet. The context could be historical, cultural, social and ideally highlight any Welsh dimensions. Where a biography is more appropriate, please see the biographies of the poets already published in the Library of Wales anthology and avoid repetition except where relevant to the poem.- A detailed analysis of the poem (with line references). This piece MUST be clear, concise and well-structured and not longer than two A4 pages.
– A short 300 word summary comments on the poem
– A photo of the poet with permission from the writer and photographer to use it for this purpose.
– Any other relevant images (i.e. relating to subject matter such as landscapes) with permission from the photographer to use it for this purpose
– Hyperlinks to other reputable online discourse on the poem, suitable for GCSE pupils
– Three or four suggested open-ended questions that teachers could ask pupils ask about the poem

Total length: Approximately 2,500 words

Fee per commission: £165 (including VAT)

Deadline: first drafts by 30 July, editorial process during early August, with a view to publication by the end of August.

Applicants must have a strong knowledge of the literary context and discourse around each poem/poet they are applying to work on, and have (or be working towards) a Doctoral degree or equivalent experience in the relevant field.

To apply, please email the following to by 12 July 2019.
– A covering letter clearly outlining:
1. Your name and address
2. The poem/s you are applying to work on
3. Why you are qualified to work on it/them – substantiate your knowledge of the literary context and discourse around each poem and poet
– A sample/s of your literary critical analysis not exceeding two sides of A4 paper

If you are unsure if you are eligible to apply, or would like to discuss the opportunity further, please contact Professor Kirsti Bohata, Director, CREW at This commission comprises a pilot for further resource development, aimed at increasing the uptake of Welsh poetry and poems within schools, and in turn interest in Welsh literature.

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