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Thoughts From The Corner

September 12, 2012

"thoughts from the corner"

As a private English tutor I am always ferreting around for GCSE and ‘A’ level English material.

Recently I happened upon a magazine article concerning a lady who had been bullied at work. She had landed her dream job, settled in and had been there a number of years. A change of management resulted in her being bullied by her new female boss. Ultimately she won a tribunal case for constructive dismissal. However, she suffered from stress and was unable to face the challenge of a work environment. She took to writing  and now has four published novels to her name. ‘Good for her’ thought I.

That article led me closer to home. An ex-work colleague of mine, in our local Further Education college, found herself in a similar situation to the lady above. However, she was bullied by a male colleague who was her peer. The problem was that the bully’s wife happened to be her boss! The logical step of taking the complaint to her union couldn’t happen because the male bully was the college secretary of her union. She took her complaint to the union regional office, won her case but had to leave her job on grounds of stress. When she returned sometime later to collect her books and files she found that they had been taken from her filing cabinet, desk draws and shelves. She discovered they had been put in the skip! She took to writing children’s stories at home but has not been able to find a publisher for her work.

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The lessons learnt from both those sad anecdotes, it seems to me, is that in the face of adversity writing is a cathartic process and helps the light at the end of the tunnel to shine ever brighter. The mental scars will remain but the writing will go on.

Consequently, I have started to look for texts on the theme of ‘adversity’ that would suit one to one English lessons. Now, back to searching the shelves for those illusive texts. . . Your suggestions are most welcome.

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