Howards End

On connection, harmony, and female strength in Forster’s masterpiece of a novel.

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Dear Jane Austen, From a Modern Feminist

On women in the canon, challenging representations, and celebrating the strides of the past.

‘the moon and woman’

‘What special affinities appeared to him to exist between the moon and woman? Her antiquity in preceding and surviving successive tellurian generations: her nocturnal predominance: her satellitic dependence…’

Adam Bede

On George Eliot’s emotive and spectacular first novel.

Reading Jane Austen

On Dr Bill Hutchings’s suggestions for approaching Austen, in a talk at The Portico Library.

‘It’s a miracle, it’s an ecstacy’

‘to be on a level with ordinary experience, to feel simply that’s a chair, that’s a table, and yet at the same time, It’s a miracle, it’s an ecstasy’

Lolita

Considering Nabokov’s well-known, highly problematic, and inevitably captivating novel.

Dalloway Day

A summary of the Royal Society of Literature’s inaugural celebration of Virginia Woolf’s ‘Mrs Dalloway’.

‘Men may congratulate themselves…’

‘Men may congratulate themselves for writing truly and passionately about movements of nations; they may consider war and the search for God to be great literature’s only subjects; but if men’s standing in the world could be toppled by an ill-advised choice of hat, English literature would be dramatically changed.’

Happy Days

A review of Maxine Peake and Sarah Frankcom’s take on Beckett’s unique play, at the Royal Exchange, Manchester (June 2018 production).