Category Archives: Guest Posts

Pilgrimage to the Birthplace of the Pound Key

By | September 19, 2019

Guest post by Elizabeth Losh The things I study have a tendency to disappear. Tweets are deleted, YouTube videos are removed, stories on Instagram vanish, and entire social media companies go out of business. Often I spend hours frantically capturing screenshots before content is purged. Hashtags might come to life as an arrangement of pixels… Read More »

Rereading Childhood Books

By | September 6, 2019

Guest post by Alison Waller The recent death of Judith Kerr, creator of the Mog books and The Tiger Who Came to Tea, generated an outpouring of love and nostalgia from adults, many of whom recalled encountering her picturebooks as adults and subsequently passed them on to children and grandchildren. Revisiting my own battered copy… Read More »

On being my own research subject

By | August 29, 2019

Guest post by Angelika Bammer My undergraduate students still regularly ask me if it’s ok to use “I” in their essays. When I assure them that it’s not just ok, but a way of acknowledging their own stakes in their argument or the questions they set out to explore, it’s like giving thirsty hikers water.… Read More »

Happy birthday, Raymond Carver!

By | May 25, 2019

Guest post by Tim Groenland Raymond Carver, who died in 1988, would have celebrated his 81st birthday today. In the years since his untimely passing, the continued spread of his work – the appearance of previously unpublished stories, new translations in multiple languages, adaptations and homages such as that found in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Oscar-winning… Read More »

Teffi and Her Daughters

By | May 21, 2019

Guest post by Edythe Haber “What do you think – will you be able to go and eat soupe à l’oignon to wildly celebrate your birthday?”  Valeria Grabovskaya wrote her mother, the Russian émigré writer Nadezhda Teffi, in April, 1952.  Valeria (more informally, Valya), a resident of London, did indeed come to Paris to be… Read More »

My Beckett: Alone Together

By | April 13, 2019

Guest post by Arka Chattopadhyay 13th April is Samuel Beckett’s birthday. This date takes me back in time to my undergraduate days. I was an English literature student in Presidency College, Kolkata, India. It was there in 2004 that my obsession with the Nobel Prize winning Irish writer Samuel Beckett began. Yes, let me call… Read More »

Happy birthday, Samuel Beckett!

By | April 13, 2019

Guest post by Dirk Van Hulle and Pim Verhulst Samuel Beckett came into the world on 13 April 1906. Not only was it a Friday the 13th, it was also a Good Friday, the Friday before Easter Sunday, on which the Christian Church commemorates the Crucifixion of Jesus at Calvary. To the superstitiously-minded, any life… Read More »

From problem child to perfection: Alice in Wonderland as Fancy Dress Option

By | March 7, 2019

Guest post by Kiera Vaclavik In the final anguished hours before this year’s World Book Day, wild-eyed parents across the land will be casting around for viable costumes. A firm favourite year in year out, and adopted by my friend’s daughter Liberty pictured to the left here, is of course Alice in Wonderland. Alice ticks… Read More »

I have good news and bad news

By | March 6, 2019

Guest post by Andrew Bomback We had friends over for brunch. Because they’re doctors, inevitably the conversation turned to medicine. I don’t remember how we got on the subject of nurses, but somehow we did, and we were all trying to out-do each other’s bad nursing stories. My wife, Xenia, won: “I had finally convinced… Read More »