Rosie Harvey writes a Gothic version of The Teddy Bears’ Picnic!

The Teddy Bears’ Picnic If you go down in the woods today You’re sure of a big surprise… The dark canopy of the woods closes around you, and as you delve deeper you realise the brooding shadows on your nocturnal bedroom walls are more than simple figments of your imagination. Your eyes flash past the […]

Rosie Harvey discusses Dracula and Duality.

Duality in Dracula and the other Gothic Texts Throughout history, duality has evolved, changed and regressed with the events of the time and the social setting of the reader. Texts from the Victorian era such as Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein highlight the transition from a society mainly basing their beliefs in religion […]

Rosie Harvey Blogs original poetry.

DANGEROUS KNOWLEDGE Dangerous knowledge, Crucial to keep the key safe; A channel to seek.   Weaving in circles, Lacing a gossamer web, Fusing day and night.   Faith conquers caution, A heartbeat to hesitate; Light touch and soft breath.   Dangerous knowledge, Crucial to keep the key safe; Betrayed by your eyes.     By […]

Rose Harvey asks: Can Literature ever be Timeless?

Can Literature Ever be ‘Timeless’ – and, if so, How Could we Know? Wouldn’t it be fantastic to travel into the future on HG Wells’ time machine[1] and give the definitive answer as to whether or not literature can be timeless? Sadly, we have no such machine and, despite progress made in understanding the space-time […]

Rosie Harvey blogs on #MeToo: Women and the The Duchess of Malfi

‘#MeToo: Women and The Duchess of Malfi’ Lecture:   On Thursday evening, SES Sixth Form English Literature students were treated to a lecture on The Duchess of Malfi by the PhD student Stephanie Collins from the University of Leicester. Stephanie Collins’ main interests lie in medieval literature and history, which was really displayed in her […]

Rosie blogs on the importance of language in Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

How does Shakespeare make Act 1 Scene 1 of ‘The Tempest’ an effective opening to the play? Look closely at how Shakespeare uses language.   An audience attending what they thought to be a romantic and light-hearted play would have been shocked by the violent and dramatic nature of the opening scene of the Tempest. […]