The Day Before

[extract published in Kamena Magazine, 20/04/19] My brother died on a Saturday. That morning we’d left him and my sister to mind the shop while Mutti took me on her errands. In the summer of 1939 she’d only just started working as a seamstress of sorts. Letting out waistbands, taking in waistbands, changing the necklineContinue reading “The Day Before”

Creative Insight Interview

Amy Hodkin interviews Joel Russell and Zoe Wells about writing, filmmaking, radio, poetry, and more. The two offer their advice on how to launch and maintain major projects such as radio shows and magazines, and their experiences trying to develop their crafts within the confines of creative writing degrees.

You’re Not a Wizard, Harry: Demystifying Writing

[published by Kamena Magazine, 20/01/19] The division between STEM and Art is often explained by something inherent, something natural, not nurtured. That some people have logical brains that can compute large amounts of data, and some people have artistic brains that output illogical, beautiful creations into the world. Some people are right-handed, some left; some people areContinue reading “You’re Not a Wizard, Harry: Demystifying Writing”

Jonathan Edwards’ “Gen”: A Human Comedy

[originally published in Kamena Magazine] It’s hard to find a funny poet – it seems that the vast majority of us are doomed to sit around bemoaning the sad state of the world as it is/was/always will be. It’s even harder to find someone who can be funny without being either superficial or depressing. But somehow,Continue reading “Jonathan Edwards’ “Gen”: A Human Comedy”

Sports at University – Why joining a club is one of the best things you can do

[published in The Boar, 03/10/18] The way I see it, there are three main ways you meet people in first year: your course, your accommodation, and the clubs that you join. My first year was pretty much decided from the offset. Course: English is an absurdly large degree. There are hundreds of people, and everyone has toContinue reading “Sports at University – Why joining a club is one of the best things you can do”

Killing Eve: ‘insight into the mind of a killer’

[published in The Boar, 18/10/18] When Killing Eve was first announced, I was cautiously optimistic. The premise was an enticing one: a crime-thriller show about a government worker chasing down a contract killer, with the two leads played by Sandra Oh (Grey’s Anatomy) and Jodie Comer (Doctor Foster) respectively. The idea of a female led show of this typeContinue reading “Killing Eve: ‘insight into the mind of a killer’”