Helen Coniam, Author at Oxford Open Learning

Articles by Helen Coniam

I have been working for Oxford Open Learning since 2010 and love helping my students with their English and History courses. As a teacher and personal tutor, I have taught pupils from all around the world, aged from three to adult. I am often to be found with my head in a book and sometimes I have four or five on the go at the same time. I love learning about History and Art and am passionate about literature.


Branwell Bronte back in the Picture?

He was a talented child and he helped to create the imaginary world of Angria with Charlotte which supported her earliest literary endeavours.

Samuel Pepys Diary

Dear Diary

Diaries allow us an opportunity to see into the mind of an author.

Read the Book first?

Holes: Book v Film

You always need to be aware that there may be – in fact, probably will be – alterations in order to condense it into the required format and time.

Patrick Pearse

A Terrible Beauty: The Poets of the Easter Rising

That April, Yeats came to see the failure of this minor rebellion as a symbol of a deeper and more significant battle.

Painting of Cornish coastline

Time to revisit Poldark (Spoilers…)?

Author Winston Graham was a serious historian who strove to represent the hardships of a Cornish mining community in a realistic light.

Home Schooling

Famous First Words – A Literary Quiz

How many novels can you identify from these opening lines… ?

People looking at the painting `The Night Watch'

Whatever happened to Awe and Wonder?

I love visiting museums and art galleries, but currently it is becoming increasingly difficult to enjoy them in an atmosphere of respect.

black and white image of Rupert Brooke

The Untimely Death of Rupert Brooke

Brooke was the ‘Golden Boy’ of the Georgian poets: WB Yeats famously referred to him as ‘the handsomest young man in England’

Memorial to King Richard III if England

The Rebirth of Richard III

What is surprising, however, is that the crowds in Leicester this weekend did not seem bothered by whether Richard was or was not responsible for their deaths of the two princes.

A Testament to Roland Leighton

The First World War saw many burgeoning love affairs but the way this one was recorded, with its author’s response to its inception and sudden end, gives it a unique significance.

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