Books / 22/12/2021 UEA Spring 2022 Line-up

After the Autumn success of UEA Live, the Spring line-up has just been announced! This term we had some stellar speakers, from Bimini Bon Boulash to Ed Miliband, and the Spring event looks just as exciting. Every Wednesday across March and May, with a date in April, guest speakers will be coming to the UEA...

Books, Venue / 15/12/2021 UEA Live: Ed Miliband on Boris, beards, and big ideas

Rivalled only by the Scottish pirate-themed heavy metal band playing in the LCR, Ed Miliband held an audience in the largest lecture theatre on campus to discuss his new book Go Big: How to fix our world on Thursday 9th December. Known by many as the leader of the Labour Party from 2010 to 2015, MP for Doncaster...

Books / 07/12/2021 Christmas Shopping – Bookshop Edition

As the holiday season grows closer, many people are starting to worry about buying the perfect gift for their loved ones. Well, you can’t go wrong with a good book, and for that Norwich is the perfect place to be. From hidden gems to the more mainstream, here are the best places to shop for...

Books / 07/12/2021 Winter Book Recommendations

One of my favourite things to do in winter is grab a book and sit with a hot drink, pretending there’s a fire right next to me, when in reality it’s just a radiator. If you’re not a fan of winter, this is one of the small pleasures to make this season that tiny bit...

Books / 07/12/2021 The Cosy Books to Read This Winter.

What makes a book ‘cosy’? It’s a question I’ve often struggled to answer. In the ever commercialising, digitalising, and everything-else-ising age, I’m not sure ‘cosy’ reads satisfy today’s reader as much as they used to. The winter is no longer necessarily freezing cold, and the summer no longer boiling hot. The climate is changing, and...

Books / 07/12/2021 This One Sky Day: UEA Live with Leone Ross

At the beginning of November, I had the pleasure of seeing Leone Ross discuss her latest novel at UEA Live. This One Sky Day was fifteen years in the making, and listening to Ross speak, you can see why. The book is set in the fictional archipelago Popisho, a magical place inspired by the Caribbean....

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The Fantastic Feeling of Found Family

People who know me know I’m a sucker for the found family trope. There’s so much comfort gleaned from it, and I know many of my friends feel the same. It’s beautiful, and heart-warming, but it can also be the start of wonderful conversations.  For those of you who don’t know what I mean by…

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What Do We Gain in Translation?

“Isn’t it ironic that this module is essentially translated novels, when we’re studying English Literature” was something I overheard whilst leaving a lecture in my first year. Whilst obviously meant in jest, I was surprised someone had stated this so openly. Wasn’t all literature worthy of study, regardless of where it came from?  This is…

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UEA Live: Autumn 2021 Lineup

UEA Live is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a bang! The festival is dedicated to celebrating creativity across all platforms and literary types, inspiring audiences to read and create until their hearts are content. This event celebrates authors from all origins in a brilliant, beautiful way, and this year is no different.  UEA Live will…

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Jim Moore Book Review

For our last issue, I had the pleasure of interviewing Jim Moore about his book series, and I was desperate to read them.  ‘Radulf the Aetherling’ sees a recently orphaned Rat Prince come to terms with his newfound Kingship. Alongside his close friend Runcorn, he must take his displaced subjects elsewhere, crossing dangerous rivers and…

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Judging a Book by its Cover

It’s perhaps one of the most used idioms in the literary industry, the thought that you ‘can’t judge a book by its cover’, and has been around for just over 150 years. The phrase is used on billions of front pages and stayed in everyone’s head since their grandmothers brought it up on that first…


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