Sylvia Plath

The Myth Of The 'Romantic' Suicide

Arthur Peirce | Posted 07.09.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Arthur Peirce

The idea that there is some beauty or romance in suicide, some tortured individual or couple finally freeing themselves from pain and suffering is irresponsible. Were all suicides talked about as they should (and often are) as cataclysmic, moments of human suffering, then it is quite possible there would be fewer.

Is Beyoncé Recast as Lady Macbeth in Lemonade?

Phil Brown | Posted 09.05.2017 | UK Entertainment
Phil Brown

With her latest album, Lemonade, Beyoncé seems intent on disrupting that narrative. Let us not forget that Lady Macbeth disappears halfway through the play and dies off-stage, leaving her husband to utter many of the text's best lines. Clearly, this is not the ending Mrs Carter has in mind.

Poetry And Mental Health - The Great Escape

Rhiannon Dance | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK Entertainment
Rhiannon Dance

It was sixth form when I first developed a passion (rather obsession) for poetry. I had always dabbled in my own poems, winning title of 'Bard' at pri...

From Chelsea Buns, to Iron Buns

Sadie Brown | Posted 09.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sadie Brown

I recently turned 36, and don't get me wrong - I adore my thirties, but tipping the scales closer to forty, I looked over my soft curves with an extra portion of arse, and thought - It's now or never. My twenties were a ball of confusion, random sex, and insecurities, so I wouldn't want them back for love or money, but, I was a great deal slimmer.

Don't Judge the Reader by the Book Cover

Cathy Rentzenbrink | Posted 14.04.2013 | UK Entertainment
Cathy Rentzenbrink

This feeling that reading is for the elite, the people who get it, is so damaging. Not only in excluding those who don't read that often but particularly to the one in six adults of working age in the UK who struggle with literacy.

Remembering Sylvia Plath: Her Best Quotes On The Anniversary Of Her Death

Posted 13.04.2013 | Home

It's 50 years ago today that Sylvia Plath lost her life-long battle with depression, and took her own life. Since then her reputation as a poet has...

Chick Lit and Fangirls: Trivialising Women's Entertainment

Lucy Uprichard | Posted 08.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Lucy Uprichard

Almost a century later, the idea that entertainment specifically marketed at women has less inherent worth than that of men is unfortunately standing strong. It starts with the terminology. The very phrase 'chick-lit' instantly sends our minds to a place of fluffy story-lines devoid of real substance.

LOOK: More Feminist Books Get The Chick-Lit Treatment

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 08.02.2013 | UK Comedy

Sylvia Plath's 'The Bell Jar' has got a new cover for its 50th anniversary edition, which some are calling 'too chick-lit'. But it turns out that was ...

'The Bell Jar' New Cover: Is It Sexist? (VOTE)

Posted 06.04.2013 | Home

By now you may have heard about publisher Faber's new book cover for The Bell Jar, and the fact a lot of people aren't exactly thrilled with it. Th...

Happy Birthday Sylvia Plath - Here's Your Best Quotes And Photos

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.10.2012 | Home

Today would have been Sylvia Plath's 80th birthday. As she shares it with Dylan Thomas, we spent a little while imagining what kind of joint birthday ...

'Strike a Pose, There's Nothing to It' The Art of Artlessness Explored, From Mitt Romney to Sylvia Plath to Madonna

Dasha Lisitina | Posted 12.12.2012 | Home
Dasha Lisitina

Again and again, praise for a work of art, an artistic or political performance is based on judgement of a work or person's sincerity - the assumption...

Sam Parker

22 Lessons In How To Write Like The Greats | Sam Parker | Posted 11.07.2012 | Home

Churning out inspirational quotes about writing has been a favourite past time of authors and poets throughout the ages. Like many creative types, ...

The Artistic Temperament and Creativity

Sian S. Rathore | Posted 05.06.2012 | Home
Sian S. Rathore

We all know about the insanity that Van Gogh, Virginia Woolf and Sylvia Plath lived with, and we perhaps are guilty of believing their work is made more beautiful because of our knowledge of their suffering. However I tend to wonder if we overlook the integrity of such works in light of their illness, and how condescending this really is.

Literary One Hit Wonders

Oli Jones | Posted 28.12.2011 | Home

There are a fair few authors who see their first novel published and think: “what shall I write next?” They come back for more, like addicts, publ...