In a spe­cial two-part work­shop at San­ta Sabi­na in mid-2017, I had the hon­our of work­ing with an incred­i­ble cohort of Year 10 Eng­lish stu­dents. To begin, I deliv­ered a one hour lec­ture that offered a brief overview of the …

Dystopi­an Fic­tion at San­ta Sabi­na Col­lege 2017 Read more »

The great­est ple­saure of the author’s life — this author’s life, in any case — is meet­ing read­ers. Writ­ing is a soli­tary task much of the time, even if social media now allows authors to share their tri­umphs and frustrations …

New­ing­ton Fes­ti­val of Lit­er­a­ture Read more »

Edward Lear & The Vic­to­ri­an Nurs­ery  A rev­o­lu­tion­ary fig­ure in the his­to­ry of Eng­lish lit­er­a­ture, Edward Lear chal­lenged the con­ven­tions of the Vic­to­ri­an nurs­ery with what Orwell termed a “pol­ter­geist inter­fer­ence with com­mon sense.” [1] In his life­time, Lear attracted …

Edward Lear: Destruc­tion Read more »