Category : Poetry

Leeds 2023: a cultural loss by popular vote

10 months ago / 0 comments

After 4 years of hard work, a million pounds worth of investment, and the submission of ideas by hundreds of residents, Leeds has been dealt a devastating blow.  It’s aspirations of becoming European Capital of Culture in 2023, along with those of Belfast, Dundee, Milton Keynes and Nottingham, lie in … Read More

Tony Harrison at 80: A Celebration of One of Leeds’ Most Accomplished Poets

10 months ago / 0 comments

Earlier this month, local poet Tony Harrison visited the university as part of the celebration of his life and works to mark his eightieth birthday. Harrison is considered one of the greatest poets writing in the UK today and is widely celebrated in Leeds having grown up and studied in … Read More

Are We Having a Period Revolution?

10 months ago / 0 comments

You may remember a certain photograph of Rupi Kaur’s that was taken down initially by Instagram under terms of ‘violating community standards’. The photo was of Kaur herself, lying on a bed with a few, small splodges of blood on her clothes and bed sheets. She was fully clothed, posted … Read More

Love the Art but Hating the Artist?

10 months ago / 0 comments

In light of the recent allegations of predatory sexual behaviour made against Kevin Spacey, amongst the many issues that have arisen is the question of: Is it ok for fans to still enjoy Spacey’s work in House of Cards? Sadly, the revelation that a ‘Great Artist’ is in fact an … Read More

In The Middle with Finuala Deazy

12 months ago / 0 comments

“Most English Literature students tend to be enamoured with the written word!” jokes Finuala Deazy, after I asked when it was that she realised she wanted to write. Speaking to the recent winner of the Alison Morland poetry competition was a genuine pleasure, as she revealed her methods and inspirations … Read More

Simon Armitage Joins School of English

12 months ago / 0 comments

Simon Armitage, one of the UK’s leading contemporary poets, has just joined the staffing team at the University of Leeds, School of English. Some of his multi-award winning poetry collections include Out of the Blue and Paper Aeroplanes. Armitage has also been a big contributer to contemporary translation, some notable … Read More

Bradford Literature Festival Review 2017

1 year ago / 0 comments

Aneeka Hussain gives an insightful and personal review of Bradford Literature Festival 2017 where she volunteered as the city she calls home was transformed into a hub of culture and excitement. From 30th June to the 9th July, Bradford city centre is transformed into a world of Literature and History: it … Read More

Review: Headingley Lit Fest – I Am Alive (I Guess)

2 years ago / 0 comments

This year’s Headingley Lit Fest focuses on the topic ‘ The Edge’. Literary figures have been challenged with the task of expressing how ‘The Edge’ plays a significant role in their work and the ways in which they express this. On Wednesday 8th March, I attended the fascinating event, I … Read More

Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze’s MBE is not the most impressive thing about her

4 years ago / 0 comments

Walking into the alumni room in the school of English, I was greeted by the huge smile of a woman sitting casually on one of the sofa chairs, to which I couldn’t help but smile back. It wasn’t for a few moments that I realised that the smile belonged to … Read More