Recently it's been freshers' week for a lot of students in Manchester; it seemed impossible to get through town without being stuck behind groups of young people, huddled in packs like penguins trying to survive they first winter out on their own. This combined with me recently being asked to fill in the 'Graduate Outcomes' … Continue reading Where are we now?
I have a confession to make. I don't particularly like poetry. (Please don't unfollow, close the tab, and never speak to me again, hear me out!) The majority of it I don't understand. I don't even understand half the things I write myself, so stitched together they are with rehashed cliches and borrowed phrases. I … Continue reading My Rocky Relationship With Poetry
A few weeks on from posting 'Three Years of Books - A Reflection' it has become my most liked, most viewed, and responded to post of all time on my blog. I'm really happy about that, I put a lot of work and thought into it and was actually pretty proud of what I've produced. The … Continue reading The Cost of My Degree – A Reflection
I always keep a list at the back of my diary of every book I read. This year I read 54 books in total (and this doesn't include any academic textbooks I pondered over in the library, and any poetry books I picked at) which averages out at just over 1 book per week, which … Continue reading My 17 Favourite Reads of 2017
In the past ten weeks (being term 1 of my third year of University) I finally got back into writing! So here's a post about why and how that happened. It is a bit self-congratulatory, but I hope maybe you'll be able to take some positivist away from reading on. Writers blocks don't last forever, … Continue reading I Write, I Wrote, I Have Written
First of all: I'm sorry! I made promises on this blog to post more during term time this year, but unfortunately that hasn't happened. I've just been too damn busy! So now at the start of week 7 (we have 10 week terms) I thought I'd take a moment to sit down and reflect on … Continue reading So Much Reading!!!
This phrase is something I've said over and over again in various tones, denoting different levels of dubiousness, for the past two years and now it's time to bring out the old mantra again as the start of 3rd year is coming up. Doing a degree in English Literature has tested my love of books … Continue reading I Love Books! I Love Books. I Love Books?
At the start of September I started doing reading for the 2nd year of my course (I study English Literature at Lancaster university) and since then I've read nothing that wasn't on my reading list. Although I have enjoyed some of the novels, films and poems I've analysed my way through; I've never felt connected … Continue reading Why Haven’t I Posted in 3 Months?