Arts and Culture, Literature

5 Literature-inspired ways to spend lock-down

We’re living in unprecedented times – emotions and anxieties are at an all-time high for many of us. Cooped up inside, we’re unsure when we’ll next see friends, family, or indeed anyone that isn’t the supermarket check-out assistant. As we get used to our new normal – as jobs become remote, and our social lives… Continue reading 5 Literature-inspired ways to spend lock-down

Arts and Culture, Film, Literature

The Woman in the Window Book Review: A J Finn’s twisty thriller is a fascinating study of a mind unleashed

It’s perhaps ironic that I ended up buying and writing a book review of The Woman In The Window because I read the recent expose in The New Yorker of its author, A J Finn, Dan Mallory’s alias. Mallory’s life – and his web of lies, it turns out – could give his own characters… Continue reading The Woman in the Window Book Review: A J Finn’s twisty thriller is a fascinating study of a mind unleashed

Fitness, Meditation, Yoga

Raj’s Hatha Yoga: A Beginner’s Feelings

I've recently become involved in a new marketing project, working alongside Namaste Yoga Ashram, a fabulous new Yoga business based in Sheffield. Over the last few weeks, I've been attending Raj's classes and writing about my experiences. As someone who's always been curious about Yoga, but felt too intimated to try, I have to say that… Continue reading Raj’s Hatha Yoga: A Beginner’s Feelings

Arts and Culture, Musical Theatre

‘Bobbie Baby’ Sondheim’s gender-bending ‘Company’ is a smash- hit for the new generation

I first watched Sondheim's Company when I was sixteen years old and was immediately captivated. The production starred and was directed by Broadway star Daniel Evans, fresh from the success of Sunday In the Park With George, another Sondheim hit. The production was at Sheffield's Lyceum: not the most obvious location for a Sondheim musical… Continue reading ‘Bobbie Baby’ Sondheim’s gender-bending ‘Company’ is a smash- hit for the new generation

Arts and Culture, History, Literature

The real St. Valentine

Beheadings, Roman brutality and a Parliament of Fowls — doesn’t sound very romantic, does it? The truth is that Februarys’ celebrated holiday — St. Valentine’s Day — has a complex and varied history. The truth is, little is known about the origins of Valentine’s. Like many of the highlights of history, the titular Saint Valentine… Continue reading The real St. Valentine