Ramblings, responses and ruminations with the founder of the new Woolf Zine

2016 was a sh*t year for many reasons. But one brilliantly shining light was the lainch of the new Woolf Zine. Editor Séan Richardson is a first year PhD student at Nottingham Trent University, working on queer writers and Modernism, and he runs the Modernist Podcast. His love for Virginia Woolf led to the desireContinue reading “Ramblings, responses and ruminations with the founder of the new Woolf Zine”

Margaret Drabble gets The Novel Cure

‘No one who reads could possibly turn out like Trump.’ At least not according to the prolific and talented Dame Margaret Drabble. And, as author of nineteen novels, twice editor of the Oxford Companion of English Literature, married to Michael Holroyd and younger sister of AS Byatt, she knows a thing or two about reading.Continue reading “Margaret Drabble gets The Novel Cure”

Making the future of our cities

Whether we think of the dystopia of HG Wells or see something hopeful in the act of imagining the future, more akin to Thomas More’s vision in Utopia of humanity pursuing valid and honorable endeavours if only left to it, the future of cities is complex. It’s one that London Literature Festival sought to exploreContinue reading “Making the future of our cities”

Reading the nature of place at Wealden Literary Festival

Given that writing is about life, and life takes places in a location, it’s actually more surprising than more word events don’t focus on the where. Even more rare is a literary soiree that embraces the ‘where’ outside – nature, environment, and landscape. The Wealden Literary Festival is a celebration of the outdoors, the natural world and theContinue reading “Reading the nature of place at Wealden Literary Festival”

Changing Minds Festival 

Bringing the topic of mental health out of the medical setting into the mundane reality is an important and laudable endeavour – particularly when it comes to the arts. I fear that some of the less knowledgable, or less open minded, might see any link as implying that severe illnesses can be ‘cured’ by aContinue reading “Changing Minds Festival “