From Clerkenwell or not from Clerkenwell, that is the question

Originally published at Islington Now. William Shakespeare’s London career is traditionally associated with Southwark, where the famous bankside Globe Theatre stood between 1599 and 1644, not far from the site of it’s modern reconstruction. When he first arrived in London, Shakespeare was based at The Theatre in Shoreditch, and legend suggests he once lived on […]

Work experience: The Wharf

My first work placement of 2013 took me to the dizzying heights of Trinity Mirror’s 20th and 21st floor offices in the iconic One Canada Square, for two weeks at The Wharf. I’ve always found Canary Wharf a strange, soulless bubble of a place but I’ve slowly come to appreciate its serious, corporate charm (and it looks […]

Dulce et Decorum Est, Wilfred Owen

Bent double, like old beggars under sacks, Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge, Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs And towards our distant rest began to trudge. Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind; Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to […]

The Father

The Father by August Strindberg, new version by Laurie Slade. Belgrade Theatre, Coventry. 31st March – 14th April 2012. Directed by Joe Harmston. As a follow-up to Nora, I went to see The Father on Thursday with some of the lovely Coventry Feminist Culture Club women. The relationship between these two contrasting plays is fascinating and I’m glad the Belgrade […]

Mary Shelley

Last night I saw Shared Experience‘s production of Mary Shelley at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. I’ve read Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein three times in the last six years, since I was 16, and I’ve long been fascinated by the life of its 19 year old author. I have a recurring daydream of what it must have been […]

Nora: out of the Doll’s House?

Nora, stage version by Ingmar Bergman, adapted from Henrik Ibsen’s famously feminist play A Doll’s House. Belgrade Theatre, Coventry. 28th January – 18th February 2012. Directed by Patricia Benecke. The first cultural outing of the newly-formed Coventry Feminist Culture Club was to the Thursday 16th February performance of Nora, followed by a post-show discussion with the director and […]

Madwomen in my Attic

It’s been a week since I resolved to make more time for blogging this year, so it’s probably about time to look like I’m making an effort. Over the last month or so I’ve become completely preoccupied (some might say obsessed…) with the first assessed essay of my final year as an undergraduate. Having spent […]

La Feuille Blanche, Paul Valéry

En vérité, une feuille blanche Nous déclare par le vide Qu’il n’est rien de si beau Que ce qui n’existe pas. Sur le miroir magique de sa blanche étendue, L’âme voit devant elle le lieu des miracles Que l’on ferait naître avec des signes et des lignes. Cette présence d’absence surexcite Et paralyse à la […]

Anthem For Doomed Youth, Wilfred Owen

What passing-bells for these who die as cattle? Only the monstrous anger of the guns. Only the stuttering rifles’ rapid rattle Can patter out their hasty orisons. No mockeries now for them; no prayers nor bells; Nor any voice of mourning save the choirs, The shrill, demented choirs of wailing shells; And bugles calling for […]