Word of the Month: Syncope

Who needs dictionaries when we have good writers?

28 / 01 / 17


A Vindication of the Rights of Women

Reflecting on Mary Wollstonecraft’s seminal feminist work.

‘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  


Another really, really, really short story. Dead on 80 words.

‘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

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’.


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