“King Lear” (BBC Drama): Play Review

A new performance of Shakespeare’s King Lear recently caught my attention as I was looking through the programmes on BBC iPlayer. This performance is still available online for another sixteen days, so I suggest that you check it out! An Overview Title: King Lear. Playwright: William Shakespeare. First Performed: 1606. Director: Richard Eyre. Length: 115 minutes. King Lear is…

Splinters through the Earth

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve taken part in Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, but through a combination of having submitted all of my university assessments yesterday, and procrastinating from the large stack of reading that I still need to get through, I decided that I had enough time to give it a go this…

Nameless

Here’s my attempt at the latest photo prompt challenge from Creative Writing Ink. With no word counts and no real guidelines, this has to be one of my favourite challenges. Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoy! I didn’t know her name. She hadn’t told me, and I’d never thought to ask. There hadn’t…

Spilling Over

Here’s another story for the Friday Fictioneers photo prompt; each week, Rochelle Wisoff posts a photo, with the challenge of writing an associated story in 100 words or less. This is a very varied challenge that inspires authors to interact with each other, as much as it helps them to improve their writing. I hope you…

Author Spotlight: Charles Dickens

Here’s another installment of my author biography pages, once written for my Sixth Form’s Newspaper, Sixth Sense. The full edition of this November copy is available here. If you’re interested in reading more about Charles Dickens, you can check out my review of what is arguably his most famous novel, Great Expectations. Charles Dickens was one of the…

Story Starters: A Collection

My biggest problem as a writer has always been sticking to one story after I create the initial opening; it’s too tempting to move onto something new and more exciting! Here’s three story starters, varying in length, that I’ve, at some point, abandoned. 1) This opening story sentence is for the purposes of the writing…

“The Odyssey”: Poem Review

The Odyssey is one of the greatest tales of all time, renowned for its influences over other works, its critical commentary of the human condition, and, more importantly, its story. Unlike Homer’s earlier work, The Iliad, The Odyssey is a complex poem with numerous embedded narrators and a non-linear storyline, its protagonist and hero, Odysseus, reflecting on many…

King Lear: Context

Studying “King Lear” as an A2 exam topic for English Literature, I have collected key contextual information and listed it below. I hope that this helps anyone who needs it. Key points of each idea are made in bold; they may be summarised in this way. It is possible that “King Lear” was thought appropriate…