Bethan Lewis

3,481 Flips | 34 Magazines | 7,341 Followers | @bethanlagoon | Originally created for IB Lang/Lit students, I have magazines for lots of linguistic areas (divided by the IB course), a very large literature one, creative writing, a few texts or authors I've taught and UK universities information. Also a couple of random ones! Enjoy!

William Sieghart: ‘I want people to drop their fear of poetry’

The publisher and philanthropist on turning to a Philip Larkin poem in a crisis, and the biggest decision you will ever make<p>Publisher and philanthropist William Sieghart has many strings to his bow: he is the force behind the Forward poetry prize, a philanthropist who has set up charities to help …

Literature

20 Grammar and Spelling Memes Only True Bookworms Will Appreciate

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Grammar

Digested read: Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

It was Christmas Eve and I was alone in the nettled churchyard visiting the graves of my parents and their five infant children when a terrible man with a great iron on his leg leapt out in front of me.<p>"Hold your noise, you little devil," he cried, "or I will slit your throat. What's yer …

The News: A User's Manual by Alain de Botton – digested read

A newspaper doesn't come with instructions. At school, we are more likely to be taught the significance of Monet's use of colour than how to decode the Daily Mail website. Well, some of us are. And yet we consume news more avidly than ever. Why so? In the immediate vicinity of our north London …

First appearance of the vampire in English literature

Article by:Roger LuckhurstTheme:The Gothic<p>Roger Luckhurst challenges the idea of the 19th century as one of secularisation, exploring the popularity …

Literature

Prostitution

• Article by: Judith Flanders<br>• Themes: London, Poverty and the working classes, Gender and sexuality<br>• Published: 15 May 2014<p>What was the place of …

Jack the Ripper

• Article by: Judith Flanders<br>• Themes: London, Crime and crime fiction<br>• Published: 15 May 2014<p>The unidentified killer known as Jack the Ripper murdered a …

Literature

Aestheticism and decadence

• Article by: Carolyn Burdett<br>• Theme: Fin de siècle<br>• Published: 15 Mar 2014<p>‘Art for art’s sake’? Aestheticism and decadence shocked the Victorian …

Literature

Daughters of decadence: the New Woman in the Victorian fin de siècle

• Article by: Greg Buzwell<br>• Themes: Gender and sexuality, Fin de siècle<br>• Published: 15 May 2017<p>Free-spirited and independent, educated and uninterested in …

Literature

Gothic fiction in the Victorian fin de siècle: mutating dodies and disturbed minds

• Article by: Greg Buzwell<br>• Themes: The Gothic, London, Fin de siècle<br>• Published: 15 May 2014<p>The Victorian period saw Gothic fiction evolving and taking on …

Literature

The Picture of Dorian Gray: art, ethics and the artist

• Article by: Greg Buzwell<br>• Themes: London, Fin de siècle, The Gothic<br>• Published: 15 May 2014<p>Dark desires and forbidden pleasure are at the centre of <i>The</i> …

Literature

Dracula (1897), Bram Stoker | The British Journal of Psychiatry | Cambridge Core

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Bram Stoker

Dracula: the Victorian vampire

• Article by: Greg Buzwell<br>• Themes: The Gothic, Fin de siècle, London<br>• Published: 15 May 2014<p>The vampire is a complicated creature: caught between life and …

Horror

Young Eliot: From St Louis to The Waste Land by Robert Crawford – digested read

TS Eliot was never young. That, at least, is the impression many readers get both from his work and from the biographies written about him. Yet, while though this appearance of early senescence may be quite understandable, it is not true. Thanks to the meticulous librarianship of his wife, Valerie, …

Literature

The Poems of TS Eliot: The Annotated Texts, edited by Christopher Ricks and Jim McCue – digested read

The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock (1)<p><i>In the room the women come and go</i><i><br>Talking of Michelangelo</i> <b>(2)</b><i><br>I have measured out my life with coffee</i> <b>(3)</b> <i>spoons.</i><p><b>Commentary</b><p>Ralph Hodgson has suggested the J stands for Joseph, though other commentators have made a convincing case for James. The use of the initial …

Literature

Top Websites Raising Death Awareness

It's hard to talk about death without going into the history of it. We've talked endlessly on this blog about the ways in which death has changed and …

Mental Health

Top 10 books about the unconscious

To what extent are our conscious intentions and strategies in control of our choices and decisions, our feelings and actions? The 20th century provided three different answers to this basic existential question: Freud’s psychodynamic theory placed a hidden and self-destructive unconscious mind in …

Consciousness

5 Pioneering Scientists Who Were Spiritual Mystics

I'm in!<p>To excel in science and academia and become a person of significance in those areas requires thorough knowledge of the subject you’re …

Stanzas ['Oh, come to me in dreams, my love!'] by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Mortality Throughout History: 5 Types of Memento Mori

Translated from the original Latin, <i>Memento Mori</i> means "remember that you will die." This phrase once influenced art, architecture, philosophy, …

How to make your writing suspenseful - Victoria Smith

In Search of Mary Shelley: The Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein review – a life after deaths

Fiona Sampson’s vibrant, incident-packed biography of the novelist is haunted by all the people she lost<p>Mary Shelley was born at 20 minutes to midnight on 30 August 1797, at the top of a house in the Polygon, Somers Town, an aspirational address before the arrival of the railway, after which it …

Literature

Why Frankenstein is still relevant, almost 200 years after it was published.

<b>Can I be totally honest? All I remember about Frankenstein is that Frankenstein is the doctor, not the monster. What happens in it?</b><p>That’s harder to …

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein scores terrifying 200th anniversary illustrated edition

Considered the world's first science fiction novel, the watery-eyed wretch cobbled together from a stash of cold corpses in Mary Shelley's …

Why humans need to rethink their place in the animal kingdom

Books by Elena Passarello, Peter Wohlleben and Lucy Cooke explore our relationship with wildlife.<p>Ludwig Wittgenstein once observed, “If a lion could …

The beauty and fascination of London's theatres - in pictures

Photographer Peter Dazeley and writer Michael Coveney have explored every London theatre from gallery to pit in a new study of the capital’s cultural temples

England

Man As God: 'Frankenstein' Turns 200

In the 19th century, Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote in his essay <i>Nature</i>: "A man is a god in ruins."<p>Ever since people contemplated the existence of a divine dimension — and this belief must go back to the very early stages of Homo Sapiens or even earlier — with Neanderthals, a split occurred between the …

Literature

Mariner: A Voyage with Samuel Taylor Coleridge

<b>'The story of Coleridge's life does undoubtedly echo that of his poem; this is a book that provides rewarding rereadings of both' - The Sunday Times</b><p>A …

H.G. Wells vs. George Orwell: Their debate whether science is humanity’s best hope continues today

In the midst of contemporary science’s stunning discoveries and innovations – for example, 2017 alone brought the editing of a human embryo’s genes, …