Hi all, two quick updates for you all here on R2R: First, I’m going to Malta! As you can hear about in my fifth PhD vlog, embedded below. In this video, the first of a three-part series, I look forward to my first ever academic conference presentation. I talk about the application process, the two… Read More I’m going to Malta! PhD Vlog 5 and Edinburgh Libraries
Hi all! First Vlog in a while, and in this one I have a little go at outlining a ‘day in the life’ of PhD work in English Literature – but it turns out the shoe doesn’t really fit. Still, you get to see me take you on a tour across Edinburgh from Brunstfield, through the… Read More PhD Vlog 4: A Day in the Life
I heard two loud bangs outside on Thursday night. I thought; those are gunshots. And then I thought that was absurd.… Read More North Greenwich shooting, 26/5/16
I’m acting as co-producer for a contemporary dance show for the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe. The dance company is called ‘Parachute Dance’, and I’ve spent the last few hours working on the blog, website and social media channels for Parachute Dance, so you’ll have to excuse me if this R2R blog is fairly brief, and also… Read More Parachute Dance
Right, I’ve been pretty good so far about not flooding the internet with election froth, but there’s only a few hours now until the polls open, so… Vote! But don’t vote Conservative. They’re a shower of right-wing ideologues half-masked by a profoundly bland leader, and they’ve explicitly promised to be worse next time around. Don’t… Read More General Election 2015
The fourth of my supposedly ‘weekly’ blogs about the novella I’m writing for the Carnegie Vacation Scholarship, full of apologies and half-explanations for taking so long to write it – and also a few little updates on the book itself. Hello! It’s been a little too long since I wrote the last one… Read More Carnegie Blog 4: Back in the Saddle
I’m writing this post, like my last one, from my desk in my parents’ house in Forfar, Angus, Scotland. It’s a magnificent desk, built of pleasingly yellowed wood with an inlaid black top. My seat, a comfy white mini-armchair, faces out through the bay window across the desktop, affording me a pleasing view of… Read More Reasons to Return
“Yes! We have no bananas We have no bananas today! We have string beans and onions, cabbages and scallions And all kinds of fruit and say We have an old fashioned tomato A Long Island potato, but Yes! We have no bananas We have no bananas today!” Today there are no bananas. And by… Read More No Bananas.