Work Placement Day 2: Pumpkin’s Poems, Farmyard Fun and the Amazing Push Poem Machine

Today we returned to Rice Lane City Farm to work on more poems with the children at the playscheme. We brought with us The Amazing Push Poem Machine, which has been part of The Windows Project since the 70's. To use the push poem machine, you throw a small ball at it, which will (hopefully)… Continue reading Work Placement Day 2: Pumpkin’s Poems, Farmyard Fun and the Amazing Push Poem Machine

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The Genius of Humans of New York: or, Why Everyone’s Story Matters

Anyone familiar with Facebook is also likely familiar with the popular photoblog, Humans of New York. It is a relatively simple idea- the creators take a picture of somebody on the streets of New York City, and ask them questions- which results in the excerpt that accompanies their photograph, which can be anything from a… Continue reading The Genius of Humans of New York: or, Why Everyone’s Story Matters

“Only Amnesiacs Have No Regrets”- Jean-Michel Guenassia’s The Incorrigible Optimists Club

"Only amnesiacs have no regrets" is perhaps one of the most profound statements in Jean-Michel Guenassia's The Incorrigible Optimists Club. It holds particular relevance with the novel itself, as the club is made up of members who fled from behind the iron curtain, leaving jobs, wives and children behind them for the sake of their lives and… Continue reading “Only Amnesiacs Have No Regrets”- Jean-Michel Guenassia’s The Incorrigible Optimists Club

“Board my body up. I’m not for loving. Anymore”- Love is a Half-Formed Thing

Through studying Irish fiction, I finally got around to reading Eimear McBride's A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing. After getting past the original difficulty with McBride's stream-of-consciousness narrative, what I found was a particularly disturbing novel that has stuck with me for some time. McBride's next novel, The Lesser Bohemians, whilst slightly less difficult to read (in no… Continue reading “Board my body up. I’m not for loving. Anymore”- Love is a Half-Formed Thing

“Men went mad and were rewarded with medals”- Why Yossarian Wasn’t Crazy

  “Who's they?" He wanted to know. "Who, specifically, do you think is trying to murder you?" "Every one of them," Yossarian told him. "Every one of whom?" "Every one of whom do you think?" "I haven't any idea." "Then how do you know they aren't?" When you think about books about war, what comes… Continue reading “Men went mad and were rewarded with medals”- Why Yossarian Wasn’t Crazy

The Liebster Award!

Thank you so much to @Olga's Oddish Obsession for nominating me for the Liebster Award! This is my first ever award and my blog is still pretty new so I'm really pleased someone noticed me, her blog is amazing and you should definitely all check it out!   Rules Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you. Answer… Continue reading The Liebster Award!

Review: Watership Down

“Rabbits (says Mr. Lockley) are like human beings in many ways. One of these is certainly their staunch ability to withstand disaster and to let the stream of their life carry them along, past reaches of terror and loss. They have a certain quality which it would not be accurate to describe as callousness or… Continue reading Review: Watership Down