Auf diese Stadt

‘Und wir ahnten, die Völker der Welt schauten auf diese Stadt.’ So sings Reinhard Mey in his beautifully poetic Mein Berlin, released in 1990. It refers to the Berlin air lift, when Allied countries flew planes over their sectors of Berlin (which was divided into four occupied zones following WW2), dropping much-needed supplies to citizens…

The Bell Jar

A review of Sylvia Plath’s exploration of mental health issues and gender inequality, ‘The Bell Jar’.

Full as Much Heart

‘Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain, and little, I am soulless and heartless?’ So questions fiery and beloved heroine Jane Eyre, the title character of Charlotte Brontë’s classic novel. I was struck by her outburst recently, when visiting the little village of Haworth which was home to the four surviving Brontë children…