‘No more damned magic.’

‘If I was bound for hell let it be hell. No more false heavens. No more damned magic.’

– Wide Sargasso Sea, Jean Rhys

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Jacob Polley at the Portico

You really have to start a report on an event at the Portico Library with a comment about being seated under its magnificent domed ceiling (which you can see on the picture). On this particular Thursday in November, it boasted the added bonus of sheltering an award-winning poet. Urmston Grammar English Literature A-Level students got…

‘With you she will sit silent…’

‘With you she will sit silent as long as it suits you to talk alone; you can hold her under a potent spell: intelligent as she is, eloquent as she can be, you can seal her lips, and veil her bright countenance with diffidence.’ From The Professor by Charlotte Brontë   This is the first in a…

The Hours

A review of Michael Cunningham’s astounding, Pulitzer-prize-winning novel inspired by Woolf’s ‘Mrs Dalloway’.

Hamlet

A review of the National Theatre’s 2015 production of Hamlet with Benedict Cumberbatch.

Wuthering Heights

Questioning popular opinion on Emily Brontë’s turbulent tragedy-cum-love-story.