‘Literature explores the conflict between order and chaos’

This is my recent essay comparing John Webster's, 'The Duchess of Malfi' and a selection of Samuel Coleridge's poetry, an interesting comparison nevertheless; but it was a part of my A level English course (OCR exam board, mark 30/30). Both Webster and Coleridge explore the conflict between order and chaos via the symbolism of religion,…

How literature is vital for the Silver Screen

“The book is better than the movie”.  For decades, readers have reiterated the same phrase when new films are released, “the book is better than the film” the line became a critical reflex in reaction to one mediocre screen version after the other. Arguably movies such as the ‘The Hunger Games’ or the ‘Golden compass’…

Journalism in the 21st Century

  SIMON NIXON; THE TIMES AND JOURNALISM IN THE 21STCENTURY On Tuesday afternoon a group of students and I met with Simon Nixon, Chief Leader Writer of The Times; where Simon discussed his career and the role/nature of journalism. Simon is also Chief European Commentator of the Wall Street Journal. He joined the WSJ in 2008 and was…

Why do we still study Shakespeare?

Shakespeare died more than 400 years ago & has written 37 plays and 154 sonnets. But why do we still study Shakespeare after all this time?  When the First Folio of Shakespeare’s work was published in 1623 – fellow writers concluded that Shakespeare was ‘not of an age, but for all time’. As Bruce Smith,…

To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.

The saying "be careful what you wish for" genuinely applies to Wilde's novel, 'The Picture of Dorian Gray' in a profound way. When the young Victorian protagonist Dorian Gray is influenced by Lord Henry Wotton’s warning that he only has “a few years in which to live really, perfectly, and fully”. Due to the transiency…

What would it be like to be 440?

I first came across Matt Haig through his book: Reasons to stay alive. The book provides a insight into Haig's journey with depression and anxiety which he suffered between the ages of 24 and 32. Reasons… is not really a self-help book but more an intensely individual, creative response to a period of profound crisis. How to…