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).

Jiddy Vardy

Kicking off the blog tour for Ruth Estevez’s brand-new young adult novel.

‘not beautiful, not supremely brilliant …’

‘Away she hurried, not beautiful, not supremely brilliant, but filled with something that took the place of both qualities – something best described as a profound vivacity, a continual and sincere response to all that she encountered in her path through life.’

– Howards End, EM Forster

A Secret Sisterhood

A review of Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney’s illuminating exploration of female literary friendship.

‘Frankenstein’ 200 Years On | LibroLiv

Originally posted on LibroLiv:
Frankenstein was first published 200 years ago as of this year! Crazy, right? Now, I don’t know what Mary Shelley was thinking when she wrote it, but today I’m going to be looking at Frankenstein from a modern perspective and in a modern context. I hope you enjoy! Much has changed…

‘A book must be…’

“But we need the books that affect us like a disaster, that grieve us deeply, like the death of someone we loved more than ourselves, like being banished into forests far from everyone, like a suicide. A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us.” From Franz Kafka’s personal correspondence