AUTUMN BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS 🍂

Source: Openverse Spooky, autumnal book recommendations to get you ready for Halloween and the darker evenings. The Haunting of Hill House (1959), Shirley Jackson No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to dream. Hill House, not sane, stood byContinue reading “AUTUMN BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS 🍂”

THE GREAT DYING

Source: Pexels by Ron Lach Around 251 million years ago, the greatest mass extinction in history occurred. Between the Permian geological period and the Triassic, the Earth suffered the greatest devastation of biodiversity loss it has ever seen. It is estimated that 90-95% of marine life and 75% of terrestrial species died out, and itContinue reading “THE GREAT DYING”

TIPS FOR RECENT GRADUATES

…and for anyone else looking for experience. Source: Pexels by RODNAE Productions Earning your degree or qualification after months or years of study and hard work can feel daunting and – quite frankly – anticlimactic. Coupled with a pandemic and subsequent lockdown, not knowing what to do with yourself afterwards is a common and understandableContinue reading “TIPS FOR RECENT GRADUATES”

VALERIE AND HER WEEK OF WONDERS: FILM REVIEW

Source: Unsplash by Alex Litvin Jaromil Jireš’ 1970 film, Valerie and Her Week of Wonders, adapted from Vítězslav Nezval’s novel of the same name, is a melodramatic and melancholy dream-depiction of a child traversing the unfamiliar experiences of menstruation and lust. The film is of the Czech New Wave and is notable for its blendContinue reading “VALERIE AND HER WEEK OF WONDERS: FILM REVIEW”

“EVERYTHING’S ALREADY BEEN DONE BEFORE”: A REFLECTION ON CREATIVE READING AND WRITING

Source: Unsplash by RetroSupply My current creative slump seems to coincide with a desire to read stories where ‘nothing happens’. Why, especially as readers in the Twenty-First Century, should we care for slow-paced descriptions and seemingly trivial events? In his short story, ‘A Little Ramble’, Robert Walser expresses, ‘We do not need to see anythingContinue reading ““EVERYTHING’S ALREADY BEEN DONE BEFORE”: A REFLECTION ON CREATIVE READING AND WRITING”

%d bloggers like this: