Dancing ‘Round the Handbags (Lynne Copp)

Last week, on Thursday 19th April, we were lucky enough to be visited by Lynne Copp, author of the book Dancing ‘Round the Handbags.  She held two workshops at School: one during the afternoon for Senior and Sixth Form Girls and one in the evening for all members of staff.  She talked of how her book could be used to show women how to evaluate their lives.  Mrs Clancy, Head of the Girls School, has sent us this review:

Dancing ‘Round the Handbags is a self help book for women who want to reflect on their work life balance. The handbag represents the woman and the contents her different facets. The dance represents all of the day to day tunes a woman dances to and by reading through the book there are tools to encourage an assessment of  where you are, where you want to be, and most importantly what can be de – cluttered!

I read the book without completing all of the activities, yet recognise that it is a book that I need to go back to and to spend time working through some of the sections in greater detail. I felt it reinforced and encouraged, and is an easy book to read, it is easy to pick up when time and opportunity allow.

Definitely a book I will go back to and a book I would want my daughter to read as she begins to clutter her bag with all that is complex about being a woman!”

Further information on the book and the meaning of the contents within the bag can be found at  http://www.theworklifecompany.com/The_Worklife_Company/Dancing_Round_the_Handbags.html

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Author: Berkhamsted School Library

Main aims for Berkhamsted School Library • to provide a central resource for the whole school curriculum • to encourage an ethos of enquiry and discovery • to assist pupils in becoming confident and independent learners • to develop research and information skills throughout the school • to offer resources which enrich cultural values and experiences for pupils, as well as have a role in their recreational life and promote reading for pleasure as a lifelong activity

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