For LGBTQ+ history month, I channeled my energy into writing an essay-turned-personal-essay-turned-blog-post on LGBTQ+ media throughout my childhood, and some thoughts on improving the appearance of LGBTQ+ portrayals in said media.Continue reading “An Exploration on the Importance of Queer and LGBTQ+ Literature and Television in the United Kingdom”
Header Credit: Maddie Sullivan / @deadlysalmon / maddiesullivanpaints.com
Happy Winter Solstice!
A few months back I posted about Summer Solstice celebrations, and so I’ve decided to do the same with the Winter Solstice – as well as a general round up of how 2020 has been for me.
Like the Summer Solstice marks the longest day, the Winter Solstice marks the shortest. Luckily for many, it means the nights are going to begin getting shorter, and we will see more daylight hours as the weeks progress.Continue reading “Winter Solstice and a 2020 Round Up”
Hallowe’en this year will not be the same. I can’t see my partner, I can’t dress up and get drunk with friends, and I can’t even go out to the pub. Hopefully you’re in a better place than me and can do one of those, or maybe you can’t. And maybe, to top it all off, you can’t even take your little one on the prowl for some sweets through your town.
I’m hoping Hallowe’en 2021 will be a lot better. And what better way to look forward to it than with a nice count down? I have put together a list of 12 upcoming scary publications – one for each month until the next Hallowee’en! Genres included range from mystery to horror. I tried to focus on releases by UK Indie publishers, but eventually had to concede to across the pond publications.Continue reading “12 Spine-tingling Reads to Get You Ready For Hallowe’en 2021.”
I’m writing this in response to two graduate job applications that I have seen now that require a university degree to apply, as well as for you to stipulate all of your GCSE, AS & A2 results in your application – which, considering the DISASTROUS government grading algorithm during the pandemic, seems even more relevant.
Some of this has been taken directly from the cover letter I wrote whilst applying for one of the jobs – needless to say, I never heard back from the employer. If you’re somehow reading this, Palladian Publishing, consider sending out rejection emails to those unsuccessful; it is infuriating to receive no response from employers, although that often seems to be the norm and understandable considering many jobs have hundreds of applicants, but that doesn’t mean one can’t send out an auto-generated rejection to keep job seekers informed – but that’s a discussion for another time.Continue reading “GCSE/A-Level Results on Graduate Job Applications: thoughts?”
Happy Summer Solstice everyone! Even though the weather might not seem to have gotten the memo, (we’ve had plenty of lightning storms here in the Midlands over the last week), we are now entering summer! And I’m here to tell you a little bit about the summer solstice, or as its more commonly known, the longest day of the year.
Returning to Birmingham was unplanned, sporadic, urgent; it was a decision made out of my hands and accompanied by an exhausting, inexplicable mix of emotions. I think a lot of students have felt the same way, and I can’t help but ramble on.
I’m going to start this post by announcing some content warnings; please do not read ahead if you are vulnerable to talks of self-harm. Originally, this was going to be a post about coping with self-harm, but with the current climate and the ever-evolving information about Covid-19, it seemed best to tweak the subject matter somewhat.
So with the ‘Big 5’ pulling out of the London Book Fair that was due to happen this week because of COVID-19 precautions, the decision was made to cancel the LBF- but thanks to our amazing lecturers at Derby uni, Cat, David, & Stevie, we still made the trip down to London to do some bookish things!
Wednesday, February 12th I was brave enough to go and see one of my favourite bands live for an intimate performance in Nottingham. I’d like to start by saying a thank-you to Ysa, who I had a delight meeting and chatting with about hamsters, boys and singing along to their songs. Continue reading “Oh Wonder: My First Solo Concert”
I spent the weekend at Dwór Mościbrody, Poland, as a volunteer to teach English!