Category : Poetry

Kipling proves hard to swallow: The ifs and buts of Kipling

2 weeks ago / 0 comments

This summer, students at the University of Manchester painted over a mural of Rudyard Kipling’s poem ‘If’ and replaced it with Maya Angelou’s ‘Still I Rise’. They argued that Kipling’s poetry ‘de-humanises people of colour’. Cue angry talk-show phone-ins, English Literature professors being quoted in the Guardian and, according to … Read More

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

To Be Or Not To Be? That Is The Mystery

10 months ago / 0 comments

Arts writer, Eleanor Smith, discusses the Shakespeare Authorial conspiracy theory and the playwright’s significance in today’s society. William Shakespeare is often regarded as Britain’s greatest playwright. Four centuries after the composition of his works, he is still celebrated on school curriculums, in television, film and theatre, and in everyday life. … Read More

Rupi Kaur and Connecting with Contemporary Poetry

11 months ago / 0 comments

Rupi Kaur’s Instagram famous poetry has created much debate on the limitations and boundaries of the form. Aneeka Hussain delves into her personal connection with Kaur’s poetry and what it means for poetry readers in the contemporary age.  I must finally admit it. I’m one of the thousands of girls … 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

What’s what with Arts Socs

12 months ago / 0 comments

Leeds University Union has a wide variety of societies, each one different, interesting and inclusive. Whether you want to try out something new, or hone a new talent and skill you never thought you would master, you will surely find your place here at Leeds. With over 30 different societies … Read More