Understanding

Understanding
A response to the one word prompt ‘understanding’ https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/27030/posts/1056420811

Today the world woke up to news that Omar Mateen opened fire in an Orlando night club, killing 50 people and injuring many more. It is an event so terrible it is beyond comprehension and reminds us that while many societies may be becoming more understanding, there is still a long way to go. Continue reading “Understanding”

X

X

What if help never comes for you? What if you started to see things? If a little girl with an X shaped scar where her mouth should be is trying to get in. And nobody else could see her.

On the wonderfully sunny 5th of May I was lucky enough to attend  a performance of Alistair McDowall’s claustrophobic new play ‘X’ at the Royal Court Theatre in London. The premise of X appears a classic sci-fi trope, five astronauts left stranded on Pluto following a failure to contact Earth. However, from this simple idea an enormous range of complexities and tensions emerge, engaging with postmodern concerns such as our perception of time, memory and reality. Continue reading “X”

Sick leave and University

Sick leave and University

Being ill is an unpleasant experience for anyone, but at university there are additional complications. The difficulties faced in recovering are compounded by the need to catch up on any work that is being missed during the recovery period, which may have to be spent in another city. I aim to discuss the difficulties of absence at British universities in addition to some of the help that is offered to students unfortunate enough to become seriously ill. Continue reading “Sick leave and University”

Thought Bubble 2015

Thought Bubble 2015

The annual Thought Bubble Comic convention returned to Leeds Royal Armouries on the 14th and 15th of November, bringing with it a flood of red shirted volunteers clutching coffee and eager to get the event under way.  For the last two years I have been a volunteer at this event and thought it time to share some of my experiences as a fan/volunteer at the convention. Continue reading “Thought Bubble 2015”