Recommended Reads: Contemporary Fiction

Recently, I think contemporary fiction has gotten a bad rep. People seem to think this genre is full of fluffy, easy-to-read romance novels for pre-teens. Either that, or a selection of mediocre books with pretty covers that are used to keep Bookstagram’s feeds looking aesthetic. However, this generalisation couldn’t be more wrong! Instead, I argueContinue reading “Recommended Reads: Contemporary Fiction”

The Pandemic Graduates & Glorifying Tired

This past 2 years has been odd on many levels, for many people. My family, like many others, have had quite the rollercoaster. There’s been a growing business, university graduation, A Level results, key workers and relearning how to live together. There has also been bereavement, distance from many family members, and the challenges ofContinue reading “The Pandemic Graduates & Glorifying Tired”

Recommended Reads: YA Fantasy

The first genre I really fell in love with once I started buying my own books was YA Fantasy. The magic of escaping to another world, with various creatures, powers and high stakes adventures, is unbeatable. However, YA Fantasy has become an incredibly oversaturated market, and the more I read, the more I find plotlinesContinue reading “Recommended Reads: YA Fantasy”

Playlist: The Rewriting of George Polgreen Bridgetower

George Polgreen Bridgetower was a black virtuoso violinist, alive in the late 18th and early 19th century. This was the peak of the Classical period, and Bridgetower was a close contemporary of Haydn, Beethoven and Mozart.[1] He contributed significantly to London musical life, and even had a hand in influencing Beethoven’s ‘Kreutzer’ Sonata. Despite this,Continue reading “Playlist: The Rewriting of George Polgreen Bridgetower”

Recommended Reads: Post-Reading Slump

I am currently working in a senior boarding school, and part of my role is getting the girls to bed in the evening. The girls aren’t allowed their phones overnight, and so when I go to say goodnight, many of them are reading. In the busy-ness of the last few months, my own reading scheduleContinue reading “Recommended Reads: Post-Reading Slump”

Language Learning Jealousy: Get Your Head in the Game.

Every YouTube video, blog post or book I’ve read about language learning says that the biggest hump you need to cross over is getting confidence in speaking. I’m someone who suffers stage fright, even when performing something I know I’m good at. So, as you can imagine, beginning one-on-one Korean conversation classes with a nativeContinue reading “Language Learning Jealousy: Get Your Head in the Game.”

Music & Grief: “I Got A List Of Songs I Can’t Listen To”.

My family suffered a bereavement in the past year, and it has been a strange, multi-faceted eight months since. I won’t be going into the intricacies of the event. But, one thing I have found over the past year, is that grief feels insurmountably isolating sometimes. This is not a new fact or feeling. InContinue reading “Music & Grief: “I Got A List Of Songs I Can’t Listen To”.”

Confronting Perfectionism: The Anxieties of Language Learning

As a musician, excellence has often been demanded of me. From a young age, I entered exams and festivals, and was marked on how close to perfection I could play a piece. How well could I express an emotion that would make the audience laugh or cry? How fast could I play a piece withoutContinue reading “Confronting Perfectionism: The Anxieties of Language Learning”

Some lockdown listening

When I wrote this article’s counterpart (Some lockdown reading) back in May 2020, I would never have believed that by March 2021, lockdown would be persisting in the UK and beyond. And yet, here we are. Maybe you have got through all those spare books you had lying around last summer, when boredom and cabinContinue reading “Some lockdown listening”

The Power of Ritual: Dancing Everyday.

Like many other university students, in March of 2020 I was uprooted from my nice, independent life and I moved back home. Cue National Lockdown. As a rule, I keep myself very busy in term-time. I love being socially active, and I pride myself on how many plates I can spin at once. Once lockdownContinue reading “The Power of Ritual: Dancing Everyday.”