Literature

Reasons to Study English Literature: Our Spiritual Quest

Geneva Bible

The second in an occasional series for A level students which this time takes a very personal angle on the nature of literary study. Readers of Mister Pip will appreciate the transcendent power of literature: on a war torn Pacific island, the Victorian novel Great Expectations transforms a young girl. It’s a powerful illustration of how story crosses…

A Little Victorian Treat

The Magistrate

The Magistrate – National Theatre If The Magistrate now playing at the National Theatre teaches you one thing, it is to not trust lukewarm reviews; for this is a riotous comedy, an evening of light hearted frivolity, bizarre coincidences and seasonal mirth. Over the years, Victorian comedy has not always been favourably received, lost beneath…

Angus McPhee – The Silent Weaver

Photograph of cover of The Silent Weaver

The Silent Weaver: The Extraordinary Life and Work of Angus McPhee – Roger Hutchinson Angus McPhee’s story is remarkable – from the remote Outer Hebridean island of South Uist, he, like so many Gaels before and after him, signed up for the Army. He served in the Lovat Scouts and yet ended the Second World…

Great Expectations – An Inventive Reworking

Great Expectations, Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury Pity the poor dramatist faced with adapting  Dickens’ Great Expectations. First, it’s long: some recent theatre versions have clocked in at well over three hours. Second, it’s a novel of infinite complexity, the work of a mature writer at the peak of his powers and exploring numerous themes. Third, we all…