Bookstore Politics: Sally Rooney’s Translation Trouble

You’ve probably heard of Sally Rooney, the mastermind behind Normal People, Conversations with Friendsand most recently, Beautiful World, Where Are You. At just thirty years of age, Rooney has gathered much critical acclaim and success, along with a lot of publicity and people have been eagerly awaiting her latest book and whilst it has been met with significant praise, discussion has also turned toward her decision not to translate the book into Hebrew.  Continue reading Bookstore Politics: Sally Rooney’s Translation Trouble

Creative Corner: ‘A Strange Morning’

He wakes up like any other day: with a jolt from a dream. Today it was odd, but the memory slips from him the more he tries to grasp it. After a few moments, he sits up in his warm bed, slowly pushing off the many layers of blankets. He stands up on unsteady legs, the kind that only come from waking up too quickly … Continue reading Creative Corner: ‘A Strange Morning’

Reading Corner: Read-A-Thons

I was stuck in a reading slump lately. Even though exams are long gone, I still want to finish the books that I started during university and never got around to finishing. I was excited to get them over and start with something fresh, but somehow it always takes too long to finish them, and I lose motivation in the process. In one of Ruby Granger’s latest videos, she offered me the solution: dedicating a day to a read-a-thon to re-gain perspective on the beauty of reading. Continue reading Reading Corner: Read-A-Thons

Celebrating Writers of Colour in 2021: An Updated Reading List

On the 25th of May 2020 the tragic death of George Floyd shook the globe and sparked a monumental level of anti-racist protests and social media movements. With weeks of lockdown looming many turned to literature not only to educate themselves on the life-altering effects of racism but also to learn about the lived experiences of people of colour. With the anniversary of George Floyd’s death now gone, it is important to turn our attention to the tidal wave of fantastic books released by BIPOC writers since 2020. Whether you’re reading for self-education or pleasure, these new and upcoming releases are unmissable. Continue reading Celebrating Writers of Colour in 2021: An Updated Reading List

The Therapeutic Benefits of Gratitude Journaling

The practice of ‘gratitude journaling’, is essentially the act of actively noting down aspects of our lives which we are grateful for. Passing moments, people, or things which usually pass unnoticed, are given recognition, space on a page, that serves as a reminder of all the wonderful things we have day to day. Personally, I introduced the habit of gratitude journaling into my life just over a year ago, and I have found that forcing myself to actively take notice of all the amazing things about life has ultimately led to a shift in my mindset. I complain less, I thank more. I appreciate even the smallest of blessings which I’ve taken for granted for so long. My worries and stresses seem less significant in comparison to all the stuff which I am so fortunate to have. As gratitude journaling grows in popularity, I hope that everyone gives the act of choosing gratitude a chance, in whatever way that resonates with you. Continue reading The Therapeutic Benefits of Gratitude Journaling

Reading Corner: Daddy by Emma Cline

I’ve found that there is a curse amongst English students. We have chosen to study an activity one usually conducts for pleasure and as a result, too often the joy of reading is drained from us. Just as I am falling into a novel which has sat patiently on my to read pile, I spot The Odyssey or Othello glaring at me, and the guilt of neglecting the reading list for my module pulls the book from my grasp. Continue reading Reading Corner: Daddy by Emma Cline

The Life Chronicles: I Don’t Like Cider

I don’t always choose red wine. Red wine sinks, and makes a barrel of my body. It turns my purple eyelids heavy, and my pink tongue, purple. I drink a glass in the garden and watch the cracks in the patio or the pegs on the line: the ones that are so old that opening breaks them, belonging to tenants long-gone.
Sometimes white wine wins. It is strong and acidic, demanding the drinker to stay alert. White wine matches white blossoms, which match dinner in the garden, which matches white wine. Pollen tickles the inside of the nose and bees hum upon a bed of weeds, the one littered with dead bluebells. Continue reading The Life Chronicles: I Don’t Like Cider