UEA Live / 26/03/2021 UEA Live: Writers celebrate 50 years of Creative Writing with Future and Form

As UEA continues to celebrate 50 years of its acclaimed Creative Writing programme, five of the six writers involved in the ambitious Future and Form project joined Henry Sutton (Director of Creative Writing at UEA) and Tim Wright, executive producer, to discuss creativity, process, and results amidst the pandemic. With the Future and Form project...

Books / 23/03/2021 Literature and the allure of suffering

A while ago, I was talking to my friend about whether suffering came with rewards. She had just been offered her dream job after months of struggle in a gruelling interview process. Blood, sweat and tears was the phrase she used, quite literally. Although it was painful, the struggle resulted in her getting what she...

Books / 23/03/2021 Own Voices: can authors write about communities they aren’t a part of?

#OwnVoices is thrown around a lot these days, and for good reason. If you are unfamiliar with the term, it is used to describe works of fiction featuring a main character from a diverse community the author is also part of. It is often much deeper than this though, delving into the experiences of someone...

Books / 23/03/2021 Working class representation in literature

When Mr Darcy falls in love with Lizzy Bennet, he tries to fight it, as she is of a lower class than he is, though she is still in the landed gentry. Austen depicts the domestic concerns of this social strata and ‘Pride and Prejudice’ is an exploration of class snobbery within the upper classes,...

Books / 23/03/2021 Are Classics actually good?

The term ‘Classic’ has been used to exclude. Throughout history, small, exclusive groups have decided which books deserve the label and refused to change their miniscule library list of epics or poetic verses about whales. That hierarchical style of reading choices was harmful to readers who were not interested in the top shelf, but you...

UEA Live / 19/03/2021 UEA Live: Alison Winch in conversation with the poet Inua Ellams

The poet, playwright and elected fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, Inua Ellams, joined Alison Wench, co-director of UEA Live and lecturer in media studies at UEA, to discuss masculinity, identity and the making of his latest poetry collection, ‘The Actual’. Born in Nigeria, Ellams’ family migrated to England under political exile – however...



Anticipated Reads of 2021

Millions of books get published every year, so it can be overwhelming to try and sift through new releases and get your hands on the best up-and-coming novels. From Kazuo Ishiguro to Angie Thomas, Cassandra Clare to Jon McGregor, a whole host of beloved authors are releasing new works in 2021, and while I could…


The problem with literature reading lists

In any ‘100 Books To Read Before You Die’ list, you’re bound to find a couple of Brontës, an Orwell work and probably an Austen thrown in there too. It’s hard to look at these lists and find something new that you haven’t heard about in school before. These kinds of classics represent times in…


How much does the author matter?

(Content Warning: mentions of transphobia, anti-Semitism, and racism) Unless you have somehow managed to stay offline for the past three years, you have probably heard at least some of the controversy surrounding Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling. Since first being accused of transphobia in 2018 for liking a tweet that described trans women as “men…

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