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Geoffrey Chaucer and the Legend of Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s day incoming, I turn to Geoffrey Chaucer—a man whose work is loved and hated in equal measure—in search of some clarity on this franchised holiday. The works that spring to mind when contemplating the so-called “father of English literature” are The Canterbury Tales, which have arguably pained the high school reader for decades. […]

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Most Anticipated Books of 2022

Recommended by Literature Editors Molly Whitehouse & Armaan Verma The Lost Metal by Brandon SandersonThe Lost Metal will be the long-awaited finale to Era 2 of the Mistborn series, the latest of which was published way back in 2016. Violeta by Isabela AllendeWritten by one of the most successful female Latin-American authors of all time, […]

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My Top Book of 2021: A Review of “Piranesi”

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ *SPOILERS* Reading in 2021, for me at least, took a back seat. What with being a third year, transitioning into fourth year at university and working during the summer – I honestly didn’t get much free time to read. But I am quite fortunate in that a lot of the books I did […]

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Literature

A Hopeful Look Ahead (and Back): A Review of “Humankind: A Hopeful History”

What do you think of human nature? When you look around, consider your surroundings and the society you live in – what comes to mind first? Perhaps you think of how hopeless you felt after browsing through the news app that only fed you one disturbing and bad news report after another. Perhaps you remember […]

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Words On A Burning Planet

COP26 has sparked a fiery response from creatives the world over. Filmmakers, poets, and artists are all expressing their growing concerns about the indifferent response to the climate crisis, and the conference’s Green Zone Programme has been packed with performances, screenings, and panel discussions with leaders in the arts. In the literary world, climate change […]

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Event review: Discussion on Virtual and Other Realities at Push The Boat Out

A ‘Discussion on Virtual and Other Realities’ seemed like the perfect event to go to as I tried to wrap my head around some reading on NFTs, and how a cryptopunk now sells for millions of dollars. How is this relevant to reviewing a poetry festival? We’ll get to that in a bit. Last week, […]

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We need to talk about Richard…

Anyone who has spent any amount of time watching day-time television will know by sight the be-spectacled Richard Osman, either sitting behind a desk on Pointless or lobbing shopping trolleys over streams on Taskmaster. He’s a man undoubtedly of many talents, but I’m sure not even he predicted what a veritable success his writing career would be. The Thursday […]

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Poem of the week: ‘Dandelions’ by Hollie McNish

When a friend tells me they’re questioning every decision they’ve ever made and that they’re tumbling down an existential rabbit hole, rather than offer practical advice, I send them this poem. Generally, it seems to help. DANDELIONS (written aged 30) For mum and your advice: ‘I love you to the moon and back, Hollie But […]