Books, UEA Live / 27/02/2021 UEA Live: An Emptiness That Hurts, In Conversation With Tsitsi Dangarembga

Filmmaker, playwright, director, and Booker Prize-shortlisted author. To this list of accolades Tsitsi Dangarembga can now add International Chair of Creative Writing for UEA’s world-renowned Creative Writing MA. It was with great anticipation, therefore, that Dangarembga joined Jean McNeil, Professor of Creative Writing at UEA, and Canongate’s Editor-at-Large Ellah Wakatama to discuss her expansive body...

Books / 09/02/2021 Do we like romantic subplots in books?

I don’t think authors should incorporate romantic subplots into books which are non-romantic. It drags the reader away from the main plot and may leave them confused if they begin to read about a character’s love life in a thriller or a horror novel. Readers like to be able to follow a story and not...

Books / 09/02/2021 Explicit sex scenes in fiction: important or unnecessary?

Content Warning: brief allusions to sexual assault Readers generally have a problem with sex scenes in fiction and, often, rightly so. It seems to be that poorly written sex scenes are the rule rather than the exception, as demonstrated by the Literary Review’s annual Bad Sex in Fiction Award. The judges cancelled the 2020 prize-giving,...

Books / 09/02/2021 “There is nothing”: the need for LGBTQ+ representation in fiction

I chose it, if I’m honest, for its size. Sitting in a quiet coffee shop in Valencia, sheltered from the midday sun, I opened one of the few books written in English that I could find in a nearby bookshop – Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life. Sipping an iced coffee, I began to read. Hours...

Books / 19/01/2021 Books that make you Happy: The Truths & Triumphs of Grace Atherton by Anstey Harris

With everything going on in the world right now, we could all do with some cheering up. Well, look no further than ‘The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton’ to raise your spirits. I needed something uplifting to read over the Christmas break, and decided to give this a go as I had seen such...

Books / 19/01/2021 Books that make you Happy: All My Friends are Superheroes by Andrew Kaufman

‘All My Friends Are Superheroes’ is the only book I have re-read every year since I stumbled across it back in 2015. Sitting at around 120 pages, it is the perfect book to settle down with a cup of tea and finish front to back by the time your brew is done. It tells the...

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Isolation reads

As an avid reader, isolation is almost a dream for me. Restricted only by university summatives, it has been dictated by the government that my time cannot be spent going to work or doing anything that involves going outside.  For the first few days of isolation, I focused on getting through my remaining reading lists…

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Favourites…

Favourite art title Ally Fowler  Joseph Beuys’ ‘I Like America and America Likes Me’, is a title imbued with tongue-in-cheek confidence and cynicism. The German artist flew to New York and entered a room containing a coyote for three days. Initially, it tried to attack him, but by the end of the three days, it…


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