It has been a few months since I last wrote a blog post – I have been learning how to navigate life with a full-time job – but in that time I've tried new craft projects, rediscovered my love of research, and have, of late, been entirely obsessed with Katherine Mansfield.
On the bus home, the bright red emergency lever at the top of the back door stands out: FOR EMERGENCIES ONLY. And there she is, eleven-year-old Nicola Marlow in Autumn Term, on the train for the first time to attend Kingscote School, pulling that same emergency lever simply because she lost her swiss-army knife out… Continue reading The Marlows and the Forgotten Series
Ever since her debut novel Solitaire in 2014, I have followed Alice Oseman's writing and artistic journey. Not only a novelist but also a talented comic artist and YouTuber, Oseman has obtained a level of creative success at 23 that is rather hard to comprehend. I Was Born for This is Oseman's third novel. A review.
We are driven down the winding Waimangu Volcanic Valley in a rickety bus. The heavy rainfall from last weekend has flooded out half the walking track to the lake, so temporary transport is required to ferry the tourists through 'stage two' of the valley. A spitting geyser erupts to the left; on the right, boiling… Continue reading Land of the Pink and White Terraces
In 1911, Katherine Mansfield was 23 years old. I have loved her writing ever since I first studied her short stories at the precarious age of seventeen. My English teacher offered us a bite-sized selection to read – Her First Ball, Miss Brill and The Woman at the Store – and enquired afterwards, ‘what do the stories make you feel?’.