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On Writing: How my writing journey began (Part 1)

Being Head of Department is a power trip: no-one can stop you from forcing encouraging students to partake in whole school/external English events. And the best part is the kiddos have zero choice. Recently, our students took part in an international writing competition. It prompted lots of eye-rolling followed by, "Miss, we don't have to… Continue reading On Writing: How my writing journey began (Part 1)

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Poetry, Podcasts, & Pomodoro (in that order)

Just spent the last 20 minutes searching for apps that'll transcribe my speech into text because I'm serious about this writing malarkey this year yet also utterly exhausted after not one but two after-school events that finished at 8pm and if I have to sit at a desk for 10 more minutes staring at a… Continue reading Poetry, Podcasts, & Pomodoro (in that order)

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On Writing: Lauren Graham’s advice on beating writer’s block

Some say it's not Steinbeck's best work but I'll never get tired of teaching Of Mice and Men. This being my 6th time in 9 years, I'm still amused when my class cackle at Lennie's fetish for soft things and I can barely conceal my pleasure at their gawping mouths as they unpack Steinbeck's letter… Continue reading On Writing: Lauren Graham’s advice on beating writer’s block

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On Writing: Finding the will to carry on

When school ended two weeks ago and I found myself with ample time to write, I envisioned myself as this super productive being who would tick everything off her To Do list while simultaneously updating her blog every third day. Instead, I found that actually, all this free time was counterproductive. Apparently, I write best… Continue reading On Writing: Finding the will to carry on

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On Writing: dissertation struggles

I've been working on my dissertation (by 'working' I mean thinking a lot and writing very little), and my brain is aching! I need to write something - anything - before my mind explodes. Ramadan coincided with the start of the summer holidays. It's super hard to switch your brain on during these long summer… Continue reading On Writing: dissertation struggles

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the ‘world’ of ‘world literature’ : a presentation by zoya kubra

* Pheng Cheah, What is a World? On Postcolonial Literature as World Literature (Duke University Press, 2016) what is a world? -subordination of all global regions to GMT as point zero for time = European colonial domination of whole world. -a form of imprisonment that smothers lived local temporalities. The world calendar: based on European/Christian Gregorian calendar,… Continue reading the ‘world’ of ‘world literature’ : a presentation by zoya kubra

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On Writing: productivity and inactivity

The beginning of 2016 had me swinging between productivity and inactivity. Productive in completing errands that are (extremely) dull but necessary in order to live, and putting off tasks that are enjoyable (reading for pleasure, writing with purpose) but only possible in a dream world where all the aforementioned don't exist. In short, I have… Continue reading On Writing: productivity and inactivity