This site has been developed to meet the needs of students studying Higher English. It focuses on Robin Jenkins’ novel The Cone-Gatherers, but you’ll still find it useful if you’re studying a different novel or preparing for the Textual Analysis internal assessment.
The site takes four extracts from the novel and looks at them in close detail to discover what each has to say about the themes and characters of the novel, and to see how the style and structure of the extract contributes to its meaning and impact. We also provide three further extracts with which to practice your textual analysis skills.
The site is available in two versions. The enhanced version contains audio and visual elements, providing an immersive learning environment. The standard version contains the same core content but in a plainer format.
We’d appreciate knowing what you think of the site and welcome all comments and suggestions. If there's something in The Cone-Gatherers you've found really useful, or a part of the site you found difficult to use, please let us know by emailing us at email@example.com
The voices you hear on the site are:
The audio scripts were written by Bernard McLaverty, Raymond Soltysek, Shirley Jones and Bronwen Livingstone. These appear in transcript form as ‘personal viewpoint’ in the standard version of the site.
Extracts from ‘The Cone-Gatherers’ are reproduced by kind permission of Robin Jenkins.
Raymond Soltysek - Lecturer in English, Department of Language Education, University of Strathclyde
Shirley Jones - Teacher of English, Park Mains High School, Erskine
Owl photograph by Chris Gomersall/RSPB images
Chivalric illustration courtesy of Mary Evans Picture Library
Designer: Derek Horne
Coding: BBC Scotland Interactive Coding Team
Writers: Raymond Soltysek, Shirley Jones
Web assistant: Tanya Carmichael
Producer: Bronwen Livingstone
Senior Producer: Elaine Maclean