Why do we feel pressure to read the classics?

28th December 2021

Elena Adams questions whether we should read the classics just because we feel we should. Classic literature is intimidating. They’re full of big confusing words, can be a bit dull at times, and are (for the most part) full of dark and depressing imagery. Of course, that’s not always the case but classics aren’t classics ...

Much ado about nothing?

24th November 2020

Don’t know your Hamlet from your Horatio? Ruth Johns-Bishop lists her top tips to enjoy Shakespeare as a complete beginner. For many of us, Shakespeare conjures up dull memories of school literature lessons. Spending hours a week wading through an old copy of Macbeth or writing an essay on Act I, Scene II of Romeo ...