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What to look for on a University Open/Offer-Holder Day?

This blog was written by second year English student, Emily Hall. After recently working as a student ambassador for the School of English’s offer holder day, where prospective students are invited to have a final look around the University before making their final choice of where they will be studying. It got me thinking about …

A New Place to Study

This blog was written by second year English student, Megan Bowie.  As I started to think about my formative essays this week, I realised I got easily distracted in my room by my surroundings whilst being at home. This made me think of where I could go to have an effective study day whilst on …

The Power of Poetry

This blog was written by second year English with Creative Writing student, Holly Humphreys. Emily Dickinson once said “If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can warm me, I know that it is poetry.” I think about this quote a lot. Poetry can be many things – …

Handling Homesickness at University

This blog post was written by final year English student, Hannah Smart. For many of us, University is our first time living away from home. It is important to remember that your homesickness is valid even if you haven’t moved miles and miles away to university; it perhaps correlates better to time away from home, …

Book review- ‘A Poem For Every Night of the Year’

This blog was written by second year English student, Emily Hall. If you are a poetry lover, you need to buy this book. If you know a poetry lover, you need to buy them this book! It was given to me by my mum just before Christmas and is absolutely wonderful. The title is rather …

Disappointing Grades Aren’t Bad News!!

This blog was written by second year English student, Megan Bowie. With the arrival of results day, receiving a result that wasn’t as high as you were expecting can be disappointing, especially when you have put in all of your efforts. It is easy to feel disheartened and this is totally normal yet it doesn’t …

Three Nottingham Libraries that Offer More than Books

This blog was written by second year English with Creative Writing student, Bethany Mitchell.  I adore books as much as the next English student, so libraries are often my favourite places to be. Many of Nottingham’s fantastic libraries offer much more than just books, though! They are host to events and workshops, historical tours, and …

Doctor Thorne

This blog was written by final year English student, Jade Braham. Author: Anthony Trollope Published: 1858 Rating: 4/5 Having seen the ITV’s mini-series of Anthony Trollope’s Doctor Thorne I was inspired to read his novel.  Published in 1858, it is the third novel in Trollope’s series known as the Chronicles of Barsetshire. The principal story …

Book Review: The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett

This blog was written by first year English student, Sasha Gardner. Having spent the past few months reading those texts deemed ‘canonical’ by the University of Nottingham English department, I was on the hunt for something a little more light-hearted and current. I found Alan Bennett’s The Uncommon Reader, a pocket-sized paperback lining the tills …

Book Review: A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

This blog was written by second year English with Creative Writing student, Holly Humphreys. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara is an absolute brick of a novel; a gruelling journey of 720 pages each brimming with gorgeous, intricate prose. Despite the book’s size I found myself itching to read more every time I had to …