Books / 24/10/2020 UEA Live: Diana Evans on inspiration and observation

Diana Evans, who studied the UEA MA in Creative Writing in 2003, joined Jean McNeil on Wednesday evening to discuss her most recent novel, her experiences as a writer, and the nature of her fiction.  Ordinary People (Evans’s most recent novel, published in 2018) came about from the gaps in the books she was reading....

Books / 17/10/2020 UEA Live: celebrating Caribbean women in literature

This week, UEA Live was joined by three prolific Caribbean writers. This event celebrated UEA’s strong ties with Bocas, a writing and literary arts development organisation based in Trinidad & Tobago, and of Caribbean women writers’ contributions to literature. Chaired by Alison Donnell, professor of Modern Literatures at UEA, the online panel introduced Guyanese-born Canadian...

Books / 13/10/2020 What makes a book to film adaptation (un)successful?

The worst day of my life was when I went to see Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief. It was not good. The sequel, Sea of Monsters? Even worse. It was an abomination. It took the narrative of 5 books, merged them together, and crafted 106 minutes of pure audio-visual torture (that’s right,...

Books / 13/10/2020 The best bookshops of Norwich

Norwich (a certified UNESCO City of Literature) is full to the brim with bookshops, so if you’re feeling overwhelmed on where to get your literary fix, here’s a handy guide. My personal favourite Norwich bookshop is City Bookshop on Davey Street, as it contains an abundance of bargains. Most of their brand-new classics will only...

Books / 13/10/2020 Do Youtubers deserve a space in the literary world?

In recent years, there has been an influx of books released by YouTube celebrities. These are unique in that we as an audience already have a privileged insight into their day-to-day lives (or a probably highly edited equivalent). So how is it that this newly-cornered marketplace has met so much demand? In 2014 one of...

Books / 13/10/2020 Is poetry inaccessible?

I think that poetry is the freest form of writing of them all. It doesn’t have to be bound by rules and it doesn’t have to do anything but what the writer wants it to. Alongside this, poetry can also be entirely up to interpretation, with the meaning set by the reader. For me, that...

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Do awards really matter?

Whether a book has won an award or not has never determined whether I’ll buy or read it, and many of the stories I love the most cannot boast an award. It’s also worth noting that, like awards for film and TV, Black authors, particularly Black women, have significantly less recognition for their work. It…

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Diversity in children’s literature

Children’s literature is full of freedom. It explores worlds of fantasy, magic, loss, joy, and absolutely everything in between. Young minds are so creative, and so eager to learn; children are crucially influenced by what they read and are affected by this as they grow up and form opinions about the world around them. So,…


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