Molly Phillips

Books, Venue

Reading in Times of Covid-19

There’s a common sentiment amongst many bookworms that they miss that childhood feeling of reading book after book, undistracted, watching the pile of completed reads growing beside them. With adult life, this pastime often gets side-lined by our busy schedules and, irritatingly, by the consistent urge to check Instagram every few seconds.  Yet the pandemic…

Film, Venue

The Upside to Inside: A Look Into The Potentials Of Post-Pandemic Film-Making

Bo Burnham’s new Netflix special Inside holds, at its core, a self-reflexive commentary on film-making in a world that has changed dramatically in the last eighteen months. It seems a revolutionary piece of art, exploring the process of film-making in a world slowly healing from a global disaster.   Burnham wanders around his apartment, cluttered with…

Books

UEA Live: celebrating Lorna Sage’s life

As UEA Live celebrates 50 years of its Creative Writing MA, Wednesday’s discussion was about another anniversary: Lorna Sage’s memoir Bad Blood is turning 20. Chaired by Kathryn Hughes, this discussion of Sage’s life and book seems better described as a collective appreciation. From the speakers’ fond words, it is clear that the life of…

Books

Should we mourn GCSE poetry?

Ofqual’s decision to make GCSE poetry optional in 2021 has sparked mixed opinions, with  the current Poet Laureate, Simon Armitage, and other writers deeming it “a dangerous first step” in undermining the importance of the arts. Ofqual’s justification for their decision is that it will prevent students having to study complicated poems remotely. However, at…

Arts, Venue

Online theatre

Turning twenty in lockdown was not my plan, but if there’s one thing that this pandemic has made me more grateful for, it’s the technology available to us, helping us through, keeping us as connected as possible in our separate homes. As an example of this, to pass the evening of my birthday, we set…

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