UEA Live / 10/05/2021 UEA Live with Ali Smith and Sarah Wood: “When is a space not your space, even when it is your space?”

Here’s a joke from the 1970s: “What do you do when you see a space man?” “I don’t know, what do you do when you see a space man?” “Park in it, man” In collaboration with the East Anglian Film Archive, filmmaker Sarah Wood and writer Ali Smith presented their exclusive short film ‘The New...

Books / 04/05/2021 How do I get my creative writing out into the world?

Say you love writing, and have a growing collection of fab pieces — how do you start sharing this work and getting it out into the world? University can be a great piece to inspire creativity, and teach you some important tips in harnessing your writing practice, but it doesn’t really prepare you to put...

Books / 04/05/2021 Readers are the writers of their reading experience

I once read a domestic boiler user manual and resonated with the feeling of bursting under pressure. Reading about cooling pipes sent chills flooding through my veins. External steam rising from an internal stream. This theoretical boiler was more real to me than many characters I have read since. Readers generally try to relate to...

Books / 04/05/2021 UEA’s Undergraduate Creative Writing Anthology launching virtually on June 25th

The Egg Box Publishing Society, the UEA Publishing Project’s student-led imprint, is holding an online launch event for 2021’s Undergraduate anthology entitled Under & Over. The anthology contains work solely by UEA Undergraduate students who have studied a Creative Writing module during the current academic year. In the anthology’s introduction, Egg Box president Emma Seager...

Books / 04/05/2021 The joys of the book-buying hunt

On April 13th, for the first time in five months, I walked into a second-hand book store (JK and RK Ellis, if you’re interested) and scanned several shelves, not really sure what I was looking for. Eventually I ended up with a copy of Juvenal’s ‘Satires’. No idea why, I had no plan reading it,...

Books / 04/05/2021 Books that would make great adaptations

‘A Thousand Ships’ by Natalie Haynes  I recently read Natalie Haynes’ A Thousand Ships, a retelling of the events of the Trojan War from the perspectives of the women involved, and I think it would make an amazing movie, or even better, a limited series. While there are hundreds of plays, movies and TV shows...

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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…

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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…

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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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