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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 …

Swapping Sonnets For Skis

This blog was written by first year English student, Harriet Mills. After an intense start to University, on the last day of term, I decided to ditch the metaphors for the mountains. I grabbed the essentials, my skis and a warm coat and embraced the 24-hour coach journey to Avoriaz with the snow sports society. …

A Final Year Student’s Advice for Exam Season

This blog was written by final year English student, Hannah Smart. With exam season drawing to a close, we are all promising ourselves that next semester, it will be different. We will not make the same mistakes; we will start revising earlier, work longer hours, choose our coursework questions as soon as they are released, …

Beautiful Places and Creative Spaces: The best reading and writing spots in Nottingham.

This blog was written by second year English student, Emily Hall. We are influenced so much by the World around us; by the food we eat, the people we meet and the sights we see. Therefore when looking to be creative, expressive or reflective, surely we should take more notice of the space we are …

Reading for Fun

This blog was written by second year English student, Megan Bowie. As an English student, one of my favorite things to do in my spare time is read. However, with large reading lists and minimal time sometimes finding the time for recreational reading can sometimes be difficult. With deadlines approaching, I found myself one evening …

Arts in the Community

This blog was written by second year English with Creative Writing student, Bethany Mitchell. I am currently enrolled in the ‘Arts in the Community’ Nottingham Advantage Award module at Lakeside Arts. The module focuses on volunteering in gallery education alongside Lakeside staff, providing learning opportunities to the public in a gallery environment, encouraging visitors to …

The Madness of George III at the Nottingham Playhouse

This blog was written by final year English student, Jade Braham. Under Adam Penford’s ingenious direction Alan Bennett’s masterpiece The Madness of George III finally hit the Nottingham Playhouse’s stage. Set in 1788, it follows the journey of the king who, having reigned from 1760, finds his life and the Nation’s stability threatened by his …

English Studies: More Than Just Books

This blog was written by second year English with Creative Writing student, Holly Humphreys. When I tell people that I study English, I’m usually met with one of two questions: ‘So, do you want to go into teaching?’ or ‘What kind of books do you like?’ My response is usually to smile a little awkwardly, …