A Level students who are currently studying Dracula might find an article about Sheridan Le Fanu‘s novella interesting … “You are mine, you shall be mine, you and I are one for ever.”  

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  News is what a chap who doesn’t care much about anything wants to read Today sees the anniversary of the birth of the satirical writer and journalist Evelyn Waugh in 1903. Fun pub quiz fact:  Evelyn, whose first name was …

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If you’re not entering creative writing competitions at the moment, why not?

‘Rage, rage against the dying of the light.’  (Dylan Thomas) Today we celebrate the anniversaries of the births of two legendary modern poets, both of whom died in their 30s – far too early … If either Sylvia Plath (1932) or …

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… would smell as sweet, right?  Most of us, Shakespeare fans or not, will be familiar with Juliet’s line, telling us that names do not define what things -or people- are …

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Fan Fiction.  Margaret Atwood. Regular readers of these pages will know that as a pretty big fan of Atwood’s I might expect people to write fan fiction based on her worlds and characters, and yet her latest work, Hag Seed, …

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As Year 13 students will know, Angela Carter was an important feminist writer.  She was also fascinated by and wrote extensively for the medium of radio … indeed it inspired her to write ‘Vampirella‘.

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Today we reflect on the life of one of Marilyn Monroe’s husbands, the playwright Arthur Miller.  Yet, Monroe was the second Mrs. Miller, and his life (and work) was just as fascinating without her …

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Oscar Wilde: playwright, wit, writer, aesthete and notorious Victorian homosexual, was born today in 1854. We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. Wilde is probably best known for his whimsical yet satirical …

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Is it inevitable that a song-writer would eventually win the Nobel Prize for Literature?  And if so, who else could win it other than Bob Dylan?

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