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’”

Bringing Poetry into the Public Sphere

[published in The Boar, 04/09/2018] From the ancient Greek epics, to the eddas of the Norse skalds, to the confessional poetry of the second half of the 20th century, poetry has been a constant in the way we tell stories. But, to the vast majority of modern people, poetry is on its way out. Blame itContinue reading “Bringing Poetry into the Public Sphere”

Poetry on the Canals – An Interview with Jessica Kashdan-Brown

[published in Kamena Magazine, 10/08/2018] Jessica Kashdan-Brown is a current Warwick Writing Programme (WWP) student, poet, and writer, originally from Bath. Her current project, the Bath Canal Poetry Route, works with the help of the Canal & River Trust to place poetry in the locks of the Bath canals, such that the poem changes as the waterContinue reading “Poetry on the Canals – An Interview with Jessica Kashdan-Brown”

The Literature of the Incel Movement

[published in The Boar, 20/06/2018] The term ‘incel’ came into mainstream usage in late April of this year – coinciding with the Toronto van attack by a self-described incel that killed 10 people and injured 16. The term, a portmanteau of “involuntary celibate”, has evolved to refer to a specific group of men who believe that women are toContinue reading “The Literature of the Incel Movement”

Warwick to offer first Islamic Access course

[published in The Boar, 20/06/2018] Starting next academic year, the University of Warwick will offer a one term course, the “Postgraduate Award in Islamic Education”, which is designed to bridge the gap between Islamic seminaries and modern tertiary education. This will be the first course of its kind to be offered at any UK university.Continue reading “Warwick to offer first Islamic Access course”

Procrastinate productively with creativity

[published in The Boar, 30/05/2018] It’s getting to be that weird time of year again: the one where some people have finished all their exams and coursework and are celebrating by downing absurd amounts of vodka, while other people are only halfway through and are really starting to feel the burnout. If you’re reading thisContinue reading “Procrastinate productively with creativity”

Jonathan Edwards In His Own Words

[published in Kamena Magazine, 22/05/18] Jonathan Edwards’ first poetry collection, My Family and Other Superheroes (Seren Books, 2014), was the winner of the 2014 Costa Poetry Award. His humorous poetry covers life growing up in Wales, filled with characters from Evel Knievel to Marty McFly to bicycling nuns. He holds an MA in Writing from Warwick, andContinue reading “Jonathan Edwards In His Own Words”

Timeless words: remembering the words of the Holocaust

[published in The Boar, 14/03/18] Barbara Tuchman, historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, once said: “books are the carriers of civilisation. Without books, history is silent. Books are humanity in print”. These words remain timeless. More than understanding humanity, books help us understand inhumanity, moments of evil alongside the moments of brightness. Books are an emotionalContinue reading “Timeless words: remembering the words of the Holocaust”

Bury Your Gays: The History of a Killer Trope

[article published in The Boar, 21/02/18] According to GLAAD’s annual study, last year had the highest number of LGBT+ characters played by regular or recurring actors on primetime television ever, with 6.4%, up from 4.8% in 2016 or 4.0% in 2015. That’s a significant jump, but what’s most impressive about that figure is that, for theContinue reading “Bury Your Gays: The History of a Killer Trope”