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Weekly update: 8th January, 2017

Hope you’ve had a good start to the new year.

I’ve been working on an assignment for my Open University course on twentieth century literature. The focus of the essay is 1930s poetry, so I have been reading Poetry of the Thirties from Auden to Spender, edited by Robin Skelton. I’ve also been reading the relevant chapters in the course book, which asks the question What is literature for?

The debate is around aestheticism and instrumentalism. Aestheticism being the art for art’s sake argument, whereas instrumentalism is literature with a social, political or moral purpose. It’s a fascinating module, and my head is now full of ideas to develop for an essay.

The only problem is that I have to narrow the choice down to only four poems, and decide what my main argument will be. That is tonight’s difficult job.

In the evenings, I’ve been reading Happiness Like Water short stories by Chinelo Okparanta.

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I’ve also been catching up Continue reading

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Weekly update 12-18 December

With only one week to go until Christmas I decided it was probably best to start my shopping. So, on Saturday, Chris and I spent the afternoon and evening hunting for presents in Meadowhall, also known as Meadowhell, or Murderhall, depending on how you feel.

Waterstone’s was the first stop. I love buying books for my friends and family. I’m not sure if they like receiving them year after year, for Christmas and birthdays and Mother’s Day and any other celebration, but they should.

Time wasn’t on our side, so instead of spending ages browsing the shelves, I was in and out in about 20 minutes. It was a record. My basket was full of books for other people (good choices too), but I couldn’t Continue reading