Sylvia Plath

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.
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.
It was sixth form when I first developed a passion (rather obsession) for poetry. I had always dabbled in my own poems, winning
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.
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.
It's 50 years ago today that Sylvia Plath lost her life-long battle with depression, and took her own life. Since then her
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.
Sylvia Plath's 'The Bell Jar' has got a new cover for its 50th anniversary edition, which some are calling 'too chick-lit
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
Today would have been Sylvia Plath's 80th birthday. As she shares it with Dylan Thomas, we spent a little while imagining
Again and again, praise for a work of art, an artistic or political performance is based on judgement of a work or person's
Churning out inspirational quotes about writing has been a favourite past time of authors and poets throughout the ages. Like
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.
There are a fair few authors who see their first novel published and think: “what shall I write next?” They come back for