WHILE Alastair Gunn (TES, English supplement, February 11) provided a useful commentary on Australian writers, I found his optimistic interpretation of the 2000 key stage 3 and 4 reading requirements confusing.
The new national curriculum orders do retain a compulsory element becaue teachers will still be required to select works of fiction and poetry published before 1914 from the two lists of "major writers". The only suggestions provided are in the examples of recent and contemporary authors.
Sue Dymoke 27, Devonshire Road. Sherwood Nottingham