The LACE That Lived

“An evening with Rowling” was most definitely not the first event hosted by the Literary Activities Committee Etcetera (LACE). But, it was arguably the best. Zahia Siab’s enthusiasm was catching as she presented the evening in the Doelenzaal – that was hardly distinguishable from Hogwarts’ Great Hall. Gorgeous, atmospheric hall? Check. Hogwarts banners? Check. Drinks … More The LACE That Lived

Short Story Competition – First Place: In Between Places

IN BETWEEN PLACES By Charlotte Nijhuis Hungaria The bumping of the carriage on the railway could put me to sleep within minutes. Using my backpack as a pillow and the views flashing before my eyes as a lullaby, it was easy to drift off. Nights in hostel beds made out of little more than a … More Short Story Competition – First Place: In Between Places

Short Story Competition – Second Place: Old Devil Moon

OLD DEVIL MOON By Luc de Vries The spotlight is on us. The fallen night encircles the floor on which we sway, one foot to the other. Shadowed treetops crown my horizon. The stars are aligned in perfect structure: our diamond chandeliers laced with translucent clouds, drifting slowly. A tender step left, a hand on … More Short Story Competition – Second Place: Old Devil Moon

Short Story Competition – Third Place: Terminal Velocity

TERMINAL VELOCITY By Casper Rudolph 1 For billions of years have I voyaged across the luminous emptiness, rocketing amongst silent worlds. I am bound to journey onward through this timeless haze, in the absence of any company. Over the aeons I have forgotten my point of origin and my destination has always been unknown to … More Short Story Competition – Third Place: Terminal Velocity

Howl Against Society

  Nowadays subcultures aren’t as exclusive as they used to be. What I mean by this is that everybody is connected through the internet and through that, subcultures borrow from others. Music, clothing and style, among others, are easily borrowed because influences are readily available through the internet, which makes it easier for people to … More Howl Against Society

If William Shakespeare Got Feedback from Some Guy at a Creative Writing Workshop

  A few weeks ago I came across a great Buzzfeed post from Shannon Reed called “If Jane Austen got feedback from some guy in a writing workshop”, which I genuinely loved. So in honour of the 400th anniversary of his death, I decided to write my own version featuring the paragon of English literature, … More If William Shakespeare Got Feedback from Some Guy at a Creative Writing Workshop

Behind the Classic 3: Marital Intimacy and Women’s Rights in Jude the Obscure

This instalment of the Behind the Classic series looks at the women’s rights movement of the nineteenth century that forms the political backdrop of Thomas Hardy’s Jude the Obscure. More specifically, it will discuss the issue of sex – or, to speak in more appropriate, Victorian terms – “conjugal rights” and a woman’s right to … More Behind the Classic 3: Marital Intimacy and Women’s Rights in Jude the Obscure

Pulp Fiction: I Read Crap and I Struggle with Literature. Shoot Me.

Forgive me, Dante, for I am a sinner. I confess. Do not judge me too harshly, oh Joyce, Tolstoy, Waugh, Saramago, and other greats that collect my dust instead of my readership. I mean well. I feel genuine pleasure and admiration when I muster the will and energy to read your famous words, but that … More Pulp Fiction: I Read Crap and I Struggle with Literature. Shoot Me.