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’”

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”