The Kingdom of Books

Image description: Crowded stacks of second hand books Some places are just special, stamped with a cosmic seal of approval which is felt by anyone who visits: Hay-on-Wye is one of those places. Located in Powys on the border between England and Wales, Hay, or Y-Gelli Gandryll (‘the shattered grove’) as it is known in Welsh, […]

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A Bucket List for now

Image description: Hand writing a list in a notebook The etymological emergence of the term “bucket list” has a surprisingly short and uneventful history, peeking in a failed blockbuster and ending in an unintended yet enduring idiomatic legacy. Released in the notorious year of 2007, Rob Reiner and Justin Zacham’s The Bucket List follows the […]

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Lighthouse

 Image Description: A lighthouse visible in the evening light    The light near my tiny bedroom is always on. Darkness surrounds me, except for the presence of that light. Accompanying me to sleep every night. That is my lighthouse here in Oxford.   I feel as if I am no longer lonely. A subtle desire […]

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Practising self-care when failing in a PhD scholarship application

Image Description: Person in a robe and facemask against a purple background, confronted by several extended hands   “I am sorry that your PhD scholarship application fails……” Ouch…. another heartbreak, another scholarship failure. How many scholarships have I failed? How many rejections have I got? How many denials have I been facing, so far?   […]

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The Wollstonecraft Statue: Feminism Laid Bare?

Image Description: Photograph of the top of Maggi Hambling’s silver-bronzed sculpture honouring Mary Wollstonecraft, which features a naked female figure rising from an amalgamation of other female forms. Anyone who has been to North London’s Newington Green (or has visited the quagmire of social media recently) will have seen Maggi Hambling’s new statue commemorating Mary Wollstonecraft. […]

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The show must go on: V-Card

Image Description: the publicity poster for V-Card (a pink background, with ‘V-Card’ written in white and filled with peach, banana, and water drop emojis).  It’s Michaelmas Term 2019, and preparations are underway for V-Card, a comedy I’ve written about sexuality and the virginity myth, which I’m hoping to put on at the Burton Taylor Studio next […]

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