Lara asks ‘Does Literature Change Anything?’

The simplest answer to the question, ‘Does literature change anything’, would be no. Literature is not what does the action of changing anything, it is simply a vehicle that can be used by readers to change the way they think – this is where its power lies. Literature has the capacity to alter the way […]

What is Love? Asks Lottie.

‘What is love?’ by Lottie Pike   What is love? Is it a practice? Is it an infatuation? Or is it just purely chemical and biological instinct? The Ancient Greeks seemed to think it was all of the above; however, the Oxford dictionary defines it as ‘an intense feeling of deep affection’. But surely it […]

Milly blogs about competing in ‘The Schools Head of the River Race’.

The Schools Head of the River Race takes place on the Thames ( 7km course that is the University Boat Race course only raced in reverse ) and is one of the last Head races of the season and 365 boats competed from the top schools and clubs : for the boys, Eton, Radley, Shrewebury, […]

Stephanie Kelly blogs a new poem: Locked Eyes.

The following poem was entered for The Christopher Tower Poetry Competition 2018. The theme for the competition was secrets. Locked Eyes At a red light in Abu Dhabi, over sparkling tarmac, I locked eyes with a man. Through my window he saw my Dutch braids and aimless head watching. Watching the glass and the steel’s surreal […]

Lara Monahan blogs an original poem: Mind the Gap.

The following poem was entered for The Christopher Tower Poetry Competition 2018. The theme for the competition was secrets. Mind The Gap Box of sticky seats Smell of sweaty heat Business men in fleets Rumbling underground beat No more space, no seats Rocking on my feet Eyes that never meet Strangely discreet Shuffling my feet Heart […]

Frankie Nicholson blogs an original poem, Hidden : A mask of secrets.

The following poem was entered for The Christopher Tower Poetry Competition 2018. The theme for the competition was secrets. Hidden: A mask of secrets. I’m here on the page. Naked, Exposed. Transparent. My happiness, my joy, my love, The whole world can see them. I’m paper thin. Except. The Secrets, that hide inside. Pulling, pulling, pulling […]

Bethany Gunther blogs original poem: adolescent x

The following poem was entered for The Christopher Tower Poetry Competition 2018. The theme for the competition was secrets. adolescent X reaching out in the darkness I fumble to interlock my fingers with yours. a small smile sneaks onto my face and I blush in the darkness (invisible). move in closer and two foreheads meet (not […]