English 10: Writing Portfolio


Catholic Memorial High School



Creative Writing  

Hello Sadie Plant, this is Kevin Phillips from Catholic Memorial High School in Boston, Massachusetts. Currently at Catholic Memorial I am taking a class, entitled British Literature. Throughout the first couple of months in the class, I have attained a task of writing a letter to a British author. I have chosen to write to you, because I especially like the type of books you write. I like to read philosophical books based on cultural history and that is basically what you exactly write about.

The first book you ever published, The Most Radical Gesture, was the only book that I was able to read and actually fully understand and capture the plot of the story. I am able to understand what has taken place in France during the 1960s. I read the book and know that the main conflict involves the protagonists devising the situational character of people within the novel.

In Your 1997 book, Zeros and Ones, has definitely grabbed my attention because you write about technology’s history from the 19th century and what it will eventually evolve into. This book grabbed my attention, because throughout my life I have always wondered what the future of technology will be like.

I consider myself an active follower of all of your writings and would be very pleased if you decided to follow me for a change and come visit me at my school, thank you for your time Sadie Plant.






























The song entitled, “The Hirlas Horn” was written by a Welsh song writer named Lesley Nelson. The song was written in 1882, and the song’s main purpose was to signal events on a battlefield. The Hirlas Horn was a well-known song throughout Wales’ cultural and military history; the horn was used often during the civil wars within the early establishing years of the country of Wales.

The Hirlas Horn was a drinking horn. It was long, blue and rimmed with silver. It was also used to sound an alarm on the battlefield. The song was based on civil wars that took place in Wales; this particular song was used to alarm the soldiers that the civil war had begun.

The Hirlas Horn is a song about soldiers from Wales on a ship preparing to storm a hill and initiate a civil war. Wales had succeeded in the battle and had used a horn to signify the victory. This horn later became famous and was know as the Hirlas Horn. This horn had inspired Lesley Nelson to write a song about the battle, in the song she says “Who rush'd to the field, Where the glory was won”, these lines were used in the song to tell the story of Wales’ triumph.

The famous horn had become so popular in the 1880s that the horn had become royalty and was given to the royal family of Wales, known as the Earl of Carbery. Even throughout the song, Lesley made references to the royal family. In the middle of the song she writes “And bear thou the rich, Foaming mead to the brave” which is referring to the royal citizens of Wales whom are drinking in celebration of the brave soldiers. In 1882 the Hirlas Horn was put on display at the Earl of Cawdor in Carmarthenshine, Wales.

The Hirlas Horn song is well-known within the citizens of modern day Wales, because the horn represents the country’s victory in their civil war. This war was so significant to the culture and history of Wales because it was their fight for freedom and independence. The Hirlas Horn has brought on many traditions in Wales, such as the horn being used to drink Welsh ginger ale at many celebrations. In a recent survey, many citizens of Wales were asked if they knew what a Hirlas Horn was, and only 3 out of the 10 people were correct.

In conclusion, the Hirlas Horn was a well-known song throughout Wales’ cultural history. The song had never made an influence on America, even though the song writer, Lesley Nelson was most recognized for her songs honoring America and famous naval battles.

























On August 24 2004, Albuquerque Police arrested 16 year old, Cody Preston. Prosecutors have convicted Cody for first and second degree murder. Prosecutors say on one summer night on Sam Donaldson’s ranch, Cody had discovered several shotguns in the back shed and became overwhelm with the power he received when he had a weapon in his hand that had the ability to end a person’s life.

On that quite summer night in 2004, Cody had discovered the shotgun in the back shed of his father’s ranch. Prosecutors say that Cody had brought the shotgun home the following night and had brutally murdered his father, step-mother and his younger sister. Prosecutors say that the crime involving Cody Preston was motivated by power and revenge after being abused by his parents. During Cody’s walk to the court room he told the media, “Don’t worry, I’m not going to disappoint anybody.”

Cody Preston’s lawyer, Dave Addison had told the jury that when Cody was younger, he suffered from sexual and psychological abuse from his father and step-mother. Dave had told the jury that the night before Cody murdered his family his dad had physically beaten him with a metal rod after Cody had refused to have sexual relations with his step-mother.

The New Mexico District Attorney was trying to get the Judge to convict and put Cody on trial as an adult, by doing so, Cody was facing up to 50 years in jail or a life sentence. The Jury had convinced the Judge to convict Cody as a minor, which meant the most jail time Cody could possibly see was 30 years at the most.

In conclusion, Cody Preston’s fate in his court trial has not yet been decided as the Prosecutors have failed to provide enough evidence to fully convict Cody of two counts of murder. Throughout all crimes in any country, most of them will involve murder, but even a greater percentage of the crimes will be motivated by power, because after all what most people on this planet seek for, is power.




























The word known as “here” is traced back to the early years of the 800s. The word “here” comes from the Old English language and has it’s roots traced back to England. From the first time the word “here” was used to the present time, the definition of the word grown and changed meaning a numerous amount of times throughout the course of history.

The word “here” is used as almost every part of speech; it has been used as a noun, adverb and adjective. The American Heritage Dictionary defines the word “here” as “this place” or “at this point”. The Dictionary of Idioms defines the word “here” as “unimportant and/or irrelevant.” Webster’s English Dictionary defines the word “here” as “in the present life or condition”.

The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) has recorded that in the year 855, the word “here” was first recognized as a word of the English Language. The OED defines the word “here” as “being in this place or current time period.” According to the OED, this word has appeared in many important texts, such as the Gospel of Luke in 1000 A.D. Then in 1382, the word “here” was used by the author, J. Wyclif, he included the word in his sentence, “he is not here, as he is scared.”

The word “here” has appeared in numerous articles, newspaper, books and other texts all over the world. In Salt Lake City, Utah the word “here” was used in the local bicycling magazine, the article was titled “Ride Here.” The article was written to promote the bicycling company. In the article the word “here” was used as a noun, when the author said, “in the Sundance village; there’s also a general store here.” \

The word “here” is a word that can be found and recognized easily in many famous pieces of literature. Even the most famous text of the English Language, the story of Beowulf uses the word “here.” In the story of Beowulf, Beowulf goes up against the mysterious beast, Grendel. After Beowulf has slain the monster, the anonymous author writes “here the beast Grendel lies.” Another more modern time English author has used the word “here”, his name is William Shakespeare. Most famous for his plays, Shakespeare has used the word “here” many times and it appears in his famous play of Macbeth. IN Macbeth, Shakespeare uses the word “here” in the scene where the three witches chant the word “here” three times as they perform a magical spell.

When three random English speakers were asked to describe the word “here”, they all responded with similar definitions. When I asked Chad Pendergast what the word “here” means, he responded “where I am at.” I continued my survey of the word “here” when I asked Liam Concannon what he thought of the word, he said “here, you mean like right here?” I finished up my survey with my final interview with Mike Buttimer, I asked him what the word “here” meant to him, and he said “the word is a small unrecognized word in the English Language which is not given much thought.”

As you can see the word “here” has a variety of definitions, because the word does not have a specific part of speech, it is a word that is universal, and used continuously in our every day lives. The word “here” is a word used to connect sentences to other sentences and is also a word used to briefly describe the present location. The word “here” has certainly slowed down the progress of the English Language. Before the word “here” was around, people had to mention where they were currently at, now with the addition of the word “here” the common day person can simply describe their current location as “here.” This example can show us the confusion that the word “here” can cause a person. If a person did not know where you where and simply responded “here” has lowered our intelligence level as humans and has put the English Language to disgrace.