Review: The Paper House (Anna Spargo-Ryan)

In The Paper House, Anna Spargo-Ryan explores the intricacies of family, grief, mental illness, and what happens when all three of these combine in an unexplainable, incomprehensible manner. Heather, Spargo-Ryan’s protagonist, suffers an incredible loss at the beginning of the novel, and before long, we are swept up on a journey that looks forwards, backwards, and most importantly, inside […]

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I Finished It! (four days ago…)

It’s been four days since I handed in my thesis and it’s still all a bit surreal. I’m still coming to the terms with the fact that after 18 years of education, I am no longer a student – well, at least, until I’m about 30 and decide to do my PhD. It’s been strange […]

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Bronte & Shakespeare – Literary Heroes

This year is the 200th anniversary of Charlotte Bronte’s birth, and the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Let’s start with Shakespeare – after all, he’s been getting all the attention lately, right? I don’t think I’ll ever tire of Shakespeare’s writing. It really is something special, and I think I knew this even when I […]

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What Do You Do With a B. A. in English?

At some point in their lives, everyone has come across the quip that arts students will complete their studies only to become cashiers at McDonald’s. Usually I just get a little annoyed before moving on, but sometimes it genuinely hits a nerve. It’s a multi-layered insult – there’s the insinuation that one of my degrees is […]

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Loud Introversion

There’s been a flurry of discussion around introversion/extroversion of late, and some of this can, in part, be attributed to Susan Cain’s TED talk about the power of introverts. The definition of introversion has moved away from being, loosely, “people who like to be alone”, to one that focuses more on how fast social situations […]

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Scheherazade, re-written.

The One Thousand and One Nights, or at least one of the stories from this wonderful collection, is quite well known around the world, but its origins not so much. Very basically, it is a collation of stories as told by Scheherazade, an Arabic Queen. Legend has it that the King of the time, Shahryar, […]

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