To see our content at its best we recommend upgrading if you wish to continue using IE or using another browser such as Firefox, Safari or Google Chrome. It is over 30 years since the publication of The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13? - and we are delighted to mark the occasion with a rare festival appearance of the author Sue Townsend.
Townsend will discuss the enduring popularity of the Adrian Mole series and a new Mole book in preparation for 2013 with the Sunday Times chief fiction reviewer Peter Kemp. Townsend only learnt to read when she was eight, teaching herself in three weeks when off school with mumps. This collection contains the the literary, personal and business papers of the bestselling author and playwright, Sue Townsend (1946-2014), the creator of the Adrian Mole.
The Sue Townsend Archive contains a wealth of material documenting Sue Townsend's entire literary career, from successful early plays such as Womberang (1979) to more recent novels including Number 10 (2002), Queen Camilla (2006) and the later Mole diaries. The musical that was Sue Townsend's baby, and creation, for the last 3 years will be premiered next year at the Curve, located in Leicester. Sue Townsend passed away in April, had written this play, as well as helped develop and advise it on it's way to becoming a musical.
The directors have said, “We were able to say we are definitely doing the show and the world premiere would be next year at Curve. There is now auditions happening for the roles of Adrian, the misunderstood, and his friend, Nigel, Barry, the school's bully, and Pandora, who is adorable with multi-colored hair. The Curve is hoping that this play will get them out of a slump, as some of their plays have not taken off as hoped. Sue Townsend and I find ourselves discussing her great comic creation, Adrian Mole, as if he were a mutual friend.
Since then, she has written seven sequels, each one a deft and brilliantly-observed social comedy. Instead, they get sweet-natured, unassuming Sue, 65 a€” a happily married mum-of-four and grandmother to ten a€” who, because of complications caused by her diabetes, is registered blind and confined to a wheelchair.a€?I always write back to people who are kind enough to write to me. At school, frightened of a violent teacher, she did not learn to read until she was confined to bed with mumps, aged eight, and her mum taught her. The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline. We use cookies to enhance your visit to our site and to bring you advertisements that might interest you.
If pressed to name the most important literary figure in my life, I’d quite happily dismiss Dickens and scoff at Shakespeare.
All these worksheets and activities for teaching The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole have been designed by English language teachers. Extract from the firt chapter of "the secret Diary of Adrian Mole" with some reading comprehension and vocabulary exercises. This activity includes all the usual points in a person description: physical appearence, ocupations and character but the description is absolutely outrageous.
Reading comprehension activities on the story of this famous youngster.It can be used as a test as well, enjoy it! An extract from "The secret diary of Adrian Mole" by Sue Townsend followed by a series of questions to check students understanding of the document. To immerse students in a memorable perspective and to engage them in expressing their thoughts and feelings on events of the day.
Simple test on the Reading of The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole for students of 3rd of ESO (14-16 years).
These are among the best phonics worksheets, games, videos and flash cards you will find online. I was racked with sexuality but it wore off when I helped my father put manure on our rose bed.

The diary and its sequel, The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole, made Townsend the bestselling author of the 1980s and created a comic character that has never left our consciousness.
Her latest novel, The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year, was one of the bestselling paperbacks of 2012. She left school at 15 for a series of unfulfilling jobs but kept reading and writing in secret. The collection also contains personal papers including family photographs, letters and ephemera; and business papers relating to Sue Townsend Ltd, including accounts, contracts and royalty statements. Townsend had been born and brought up in Leicester, where the main character was born as well, and then eventually moved to Asby-de-la-Zouch. She was really excited and buoyed up about the idea of a new generation being introduced to the book – a show for fans of the book but also new fans. They are also looking for adult actors, to play the family, dysfunctional as it is, of Adrian. But she is a bit hazy on the chronology of events in her books; even the names of some characters elude her. It’s provincial poet Adrian Albert Mole who’s been my most dependable companion.Moley celebrates 30 years since the publication of his first diary this year. IT HAS GOT TRUE AND FALSE QUESTIONS, VOCABULARY, COMPRENHENSION QUESTIONS AND ALSO A COMPOSITION ABOUT TWO TOPICS.
It has the results at the end for the teachers to have them in a quick manner withouht having to go throught the book.
There are comprehension and grammar questions,a passage to translate and essays linked to the main themes. Basically, it tries to state the level of understanding of the reading the student has achieved and as a bonus, it tries to chech if they remember some easy words of vocabulary. Just enter your list of words and this website will create bingo, dominoes, crossword, memory games, etc. A multi-level English curriculum featuring cartoon animated videos, engaging games, interactive tests and a progress tracker. The has everything you need to help a child learn to read through phonics: decodable stories, listening exercises, you name it. This highly acclaimed work is the funny and touching tale of what happens when someone stops being the person everyone wants them to be.
Both the executive director, Chris Stafford and the director, Luke Sheppard, met with Townsend just weeks before she passed away.
I asked: 'What should we be saying to the writers,' because Sue was our lead creative on this. He doesna€™t complain a€” although he could well be mouthing, a€?die, die!a€? and I wouldna€™t know,a€™ she laughs.
Although bright, she leftA  school at 14 to work in a shoe factory, then as a petrol pump attendant. To mark the occasion his creator Sue Townsend’s publishers are reissuing the entire Mole series, giving readers old and new a chance to marvel at the indignities thrown upon the bard of Ashby-de-la-Zouch, which range from losing a true love to his mother’s toyboy to being victimised by a sociopathic swan named Gielgud.And although the new set of books – featuring a few new extras about Adrian’s life and an introduction by fan David Walliams – look smart, I think I’ll stick to rereading my battered old, mixed-up set of hardbacks and tatty paperbacks of varying editions. The text is an excerpt of Sue Towsend?s The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole, the one in which he goes shopping with his mother. Students read a fragment of a book entitled ”The Secret diary of Adrian Mole” by Sue Townsend. She has written many works outside the Mole series, lots of which have gone on to be bestsellers, including The Queen and I and Number 10. She agrees: a€?When my sight started to go I was militantly cheerful about how Ia€™d cope, but Ia€™ve just started to mourn not being able to read.
Indeed, I still have my copy of The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13?, which I read for the first time, aged 11?.

And he did get obsessive about another girl, but I dona€™t think he ever married her,a€™ concludes Sue.It is now 30 years since Sue introduced us to her hapless adolescent and a€?misunderstood intellectuala€™, whose Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole, Aged 13a€‰A? became the best-selling book of the Eighties. She had three children, Sean, Daniel and Victoria, in quick succession, but when she was 23 Keith deserted her.
First, learners match chosen words with definitions, then they decide whether a particular statement is true or false according to the text.
To me, it seemed inevitable that nerdy, spotty, naive Adrian would end up with the beautiful, smart Pandora Braithwaite. Anyone who is in the house will read to me a€” theya€™re not self-conscious now a€” and it does bring them a little closer to my world.a€™ Her absence of self-pity is startling.
I didn’t get the gags about Frank Bough either.I quickly devoured the next three and waited eagerly for the early New Labour-era Cappuccino Years to be released in 1999. Hea€™s proprietorial about what he still calls a€?hisa€? kidney,a€™ she jokes a€” laughter is never far away when youa€™re in her company. Moments from the books pop into my thoughts whenever I encounter everyday things like Newport Pagnell, The Archers and the roof of St Pancras station.
Their dad went off with a hippie who smelt of patchouli oil and had all these little tinkling bells.
My life hasn’t been much like Adrian’s, thank goodness, but his perseverance in the face of inadequacy is an inspirational to all of us provincial divs.It’s not just Adrian’s life that makes the diaries worth rereading. Nor have many British novelists captured the disappointment of the Blair years quite as adroitly as 2004’s Adrian Mole and The Weapons of Mass Destruction in which the folly of Iraq is told through the death of Adrian’s son’s best friend. One Sunday, Sean asked: a€?Why cana€™t we go to safari parks like other families?a€™ His martyred reproach sparked an idea. It’s one of two moments in the Mole series that has brought me to tears.By the time of the latest (if not necessarily last) book, The Prostrate Years, life had taken its toll on Adrian and his creator. Townsend’s health problems were reflected in Adrian’s prostate cancer – something that didn’t lighten the indignities poured upon him, but, still, made his minor triumphs all the more inspiring.
She was raised in a suburb of Leicester a€” she has never left the city a€” the eldest of five sisters. It’d be terrible if there wasn’t.Mole may have entered the world before I was born, but it’s been a pleasure to grow up with him. As such, when I was sent a copy of the reissued first diary there was only one thing I could think to do with it – pass it on to my 11-year-old nephew. It was three years later, in 1978, that she met Colin Broadway on an outdoor pursuits course a€” she was a youth worker; he was her canoeing instructor a€” and it was love a€?at first sighta€™. I imagine that Sue, exhausted and broke as a young, single mum with three kids under five, must have felt like doing exactly the same.
She lives in a rambling former vicarage in Leicester and her sole indulgences are Persian rugs and Chanel perfume.
She cannot now wear the Prada shoes she used to love a€” her crumbling bones have put paid to that a€” so shea€™s stashed them in her attic or given them to her family.Ia€™d read that when she first became wealthy shea€™d give money away to almost anyone who asked for it. Ia€™d rather have some money than none a€” Ia€™ve been poor and the worst thing is, it doesna€™t give you a future. Her books have brought her acclaim, wealth, fame and recognition, yet to a degree she shuns them all.

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