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Book Review: Rachael Allen’s Kingdomland

This blog was written by second year English with Creative Writing student, Bethany Mitchell.   Rachael Allen’s much anticipated first full collection of poetry (published in January this year by Faber and Faber) does not disappoint. With characteristic bluntness and fantastic attention to imagery, her poems are luminous and astonishing. At times, Allen’s poems are abstract, …

Exam stress tips – from A levels to Uni life

This blog was written by first year English student, Phoebe Raine. Hello, I’m Phoebe, a first-year English student. A year ago, I was sat exactly where you are – surrounded by colourful mind maps, struggling to add (or delete) those extra 500 words for coursework, and questioning whether it’s all worth it. From somebody who …

Romeo and Juliet at The Theatre Royal

This blog was written by final year English student, Jade Braham. The Theatre Royal hosted the Royal Shakespeare Company’s recent adaptation of William Shakespeare’s timeless love story Romeo and Juliet. Despite being more than 400 years since Shakespeare wrote Romeo and Juliet, Director Erica Whyman has managed to transform this classic into a fresh and …

Working in a Bookshop

This blog was written by first year English student, Sasha Gardner. Established in 1797, Hatchards in Piccadilly is the oldest bookshop in London. With customers ranging from Oscar Wilde to Bill Nighy, Hatchards holds three royal warrants and is, undoubtedly, the fanciest bookshop around. For three years, I have been lucky enough to work as …

The Benefits of Group Study Sessions

This blog was written by second year English with Creative Writing student, Holly Humphreys. It can be easy to get weighed down by essay deadlines and exam revision, especially if you find yourself holed up in your room or squirrelled away in a corner of the library to do your work. One way to combat …

English at A Level vs English at Degree Level

This blog was written by first year English student, Harriet Mills. Having nearly completed my second term at University (scary) I have looked back at some of the differences to studying English at A Level vs Degree level. Firstly, I did 2 books for my A Levels, which seems almost too easy compared to the …

How to get the most out of podcasts

This blog post was written by final year English student, Hannah Smart. Last year, podcasts ceased to be niche and became mainstream. The podcast is a valuable resource, particularly to an English student, since, unlike a Kindle book, for example, the podcast is an addition to, rather than a replacement of, our usual content consumption …

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 – …