The Ember

It has recently occurred to me that it has been quite a while since I last posted any creative writing on here. This summer my Gender and Monstrosity module gave me the opportunity to write a creative piece for my final submission, so I thought I would share it with you all. The Ember was inspired by a number of different novels I read on the course, most notably John Harding’s Florence and Giles and Sarah Waters’ย The Little Stranger, which is why it is really quite a strange piece. I have also provided the commentary, so if anyone wants to know where the inspiration came from, you can read it all there!

I really hope you enjoy this piece as much as I enjoyed writing it.

chelsea

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Travel: Amsterdam

I’ve been lucky enough to jet off again this year, and around about three weeks ago Luke and I set off on our third trip to Amsterdam. Amsterdam has been our favourite city for a little while now, and we thought it would be wonderful to celebrate five years of being together in such a beautiful city. We got to finally visit in the dutch summertime, after visiting in the winter the past couple times.

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Travel: Our Crete Adventure

At the beginning of June, Luke and I were lucky enough to jet away to one of the most beautiful places either of us have ever visited. We decided carefully what kind of hotel we wanted to holiday at this year, and Aquila Elounda Village had everything we were looking for. Stunning scenery, right next to the sea, not too far from local towns, spectacular food, and adults only! As a celebration for finishing university, we splashed out a lil’ more than usual and booked for two weeks all-inclusive in a double room.

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Oryx and Crake

If you follow me on Instagram, you will have undoubtedly seen (and been spammed by) photos of my holiday to Aquila Elounda Village in Crete this past two weeks. I’m obsessed with photos, but hey, there’s worse things to be addicted to. I shall be reviewing the hotel, and showcasing my favourite holiday snaps in upcoming blog posts, but the purpose of this one is my love of Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake. Every holiday needs at least one or two great books to read, whilst listening to the sounds of the sea and sipping cocktails. I was extremely blessed to have taken two incredible books with me this year, and Oryx and Crakeย did not leave my side for the first week.

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A Tip to Stay Focused During Essay Writing

Another two months seem to have slipped through my fingers since I last wrote a blog post, but at least this time I have a valid excuse. It is the dreaded Exam/Essay season. Now, I’m afraid the title of this may be misleading if you expected some sort of incredible revelation that would cure all your procrastination issues. It’s not that. But it is one way (and my favourite way) to keep focused whilst writing essays or revising.

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Five Books You Need To Read

I realised recently that in my three years of studying English Literature, I have read quite a few books. So I thought I would put this new information to some use and compile a list of just five books I believe everyone should read. Because they’re great. Some more than great. Even fantastic. Soul destroying but fantastic.

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