This month I continued working my way through the leaning tower of books next to my bedside table. A special mention goes to Tomorrow by Graham Swift, not featured below. I also got my fill of arts and culture thanks to tickets booked a few months ago.
I’m always keen to hear recommendations, so let me know what you’re enjoying at the moment. Here’s my list for February:
This is the first post of my new monthly series, in which I’ll share five of my favourite things. They may be books, articles, podcasts, plays, or whatever else I’ve been enjoying.
I’ve spent the past couple of weeks studying, seeing family and friends, watching festive TV, reading and resting. Imagine me covered in highlighter marks and mince pie crumbs if you like.
Here’s what I’ve been creating and enjoying this month. In January I’ll be starting a new monthly series featuring a selection of my favourite things in more depth.
Now that Christmas and the new year are very much in sight, I’ve put together a list of my personal highlights from 2017. This year included difficulties, like losing our wonderful Grandad in September and our darling dog just a few days ago. But reflecting on positive experiences doesn’t take away their significance.
I’d love to hear about the best parts of your year too. Here are mine:
‘At last we’ve arrived at the season in which we are all given license to be unremarkable.’
This piece on why autumn is boring and great resonated with me.
November has been pleasantly familiar. Bright, crisp and suddenly dark.
October brought grey skies that turned pink at dinner time. Crunching leaves. Meals shared with family. It meant catching up with friends over mugs of tea after too many months, and smiling at thoughtful cards. Enjoying the scent of candles and the sweetness of the last bite of birthday cake. Anticipating what’s next.
Five years ago I was a fresher studying English and History at the University of Southampton. Now I’m halfway through a part-time MA in Cultural Management at King’s College London. I’ve gone from the Brontës to business plans.
Would I make the same choices again?
Yes, absolutely. Arts education can be incredibly interesting and rewarding.
During the summer I asked a few friends and contacts to share their perspectives on the value of studying for an arts or humanities degree.
Here are four key benefits: