Liverpool Writing on the Wall Festival

Liverpool Writing on the Wall Festival

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Liverpool’s première literary festival kicks off in just over a week, and I will be privileged enough to be part of all the fun. This year’s event, entitled ‘Shell Shock’, will commemorate the centenary of the Great War, those who fought, those who wrote, and those who continue to explore the horrors that war through their writing today.

The WoW festival will host an array of acclaimed writers…

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The Modern University: A Centre of Learning or a Capitalist Venture?

The Modern University: A Centre of Learning or a Capitalist Venture?

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Throughout my high school years, University (capital U, of course) was spoken of as a place barely discernible in the distant future, a place where you might go to if you apply yourself, work hard, if you get the grades. At the mention of the word, teachers’ eyes would stare into space and tongues would wag about the ‘good old days’. The skimping and saving, the long evenings spent at a lonely…

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" Spend your free time the way you like, not the way you think you’re supposed to. Stay home on New Year’s Eve if that’s what makes you happy. Skip the committee meeting. Cross the street to avoid making aimless chitchat with random acquaintances. Read. Cook. Run. Write a story. "
" I like people who dream or talk to themselves interminably; I like them, for they are double. They are here and elsewhere. "
" Existence is a series of footnotes to a vast, obscure, unfinished masterpiece. "
“What good were the words?”: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

“What good were the words?”: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

With The Book Thief Zusak has achieved a rather charming novel which recounts the bittersweet struggle for humanity in provincial Nazi Germany.

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It’s safe to say that Liesel Meminger, the novel’s dainty protagonist, isn’t granted the easiest of lives by its narrator. It’s 1939 and Liesel (LEE-zul) is just nine years old. Yet despite her tender age she has already witnessed the death of her six…

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" Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself. You bring to a novel, anything you read, all your experience of the world. You bring your history and you read it in your own terms. "
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