Susan Elkin is a journalist and author of over 50 books, mostly school English text books and advice books for teachers - the fruit of years at the chalkface as a secondary English teacher. Susan has written extensively for most of the major national newspapers. A regular contributor to The Stage since 1993, she was education editor and columnist there from 2005-2016. Don't miss her many articles, blogs and columns at www.susanelkin.co.uk as well as pieces in magazines and websites such as Ink Pellet, Teaching Drama, Sardines and more - not to mention tweets on Twitter as @SusanElkinJourn about anything and everything. A woman of passions Susan loves theatre, donkeys, word derivations, irises, Shakespeare, beetroot, Barchester Towers, Poole Harbour, ducklings, anything mauve . . . oh and her husband of many decades, two grown up sons and four granddaughters.