Considering the roots of Jane Austen’s brilliance in her teenage writings.
A review of Henry Fielding’s momentous (and scandalous) Picaresque novel.
A review of Jean Rhys’ famous…well, that would give the game away.
A short story written for the Portico Sadie Massey prize. The brief: the North.
Originally posted on Loving engels instead:
For the United Kingdom, the post-war period was a time of great difficulty, but also of great hope for a better future. Britons who have lived through the Second World War do not remember those days with anything like the unbridled horror we might suppose – on the contrary,…
Since when did English make words more complicated than Latin?
A review of what might be titled the Jane Austen deluxe version.
From the biological to the literary…
A really, really, really short story. Exactly 80 words.
A review of Thomas Hardy’s controversial final novel.
A contemplation of Jacob Polley’s weird and wonderful TS Eliot-prize-winning poetry collection.
Surrounded on all four sides by shelves and shelves of Victorian books, students from Years 7 – 13, their supporters, and a handful of acclaimed writers gathered under the Portico Library’s magnificent ceiling dome for a celebration of reading, writing and all-things-literary. I was invited to attend after having been awarded a Special Commendation for…