I’ve often thought that Andrew Marvell’s life and my own show distinct traces of overlap, and it’s never escaped me that this may be one of the reasons why I identify so closely with his writing. … More Writing Lives: Marvell and Biography
Drop a copywriter into the world of SEO and hack journalism and watch him fight to stay afloat. … More Ugly Business
Andrew Marvell’s ‘Horatian Ode’ provides a fascinating story in the aftermath of one of the most ‘climacteric’ episodes in English history. What if it was a private poem, and not written for circulation? … More Measuring Privacy: An Horatian Ode
It has taken me around three years to write 50,000 words towards my doctoral thesis. Thanks to a November fad, NaNoWriMo, aspiring writers will be soon be achieving that in just weeks. … More Private Pursuits: The Difficulty of Writing
Privacy appears to offer control, but in today’s climate it takes plenty away too. A few notes on ‘exposure’ and ‘control’. … More Exposure and Control
J.W. Saunders’ study ‘The Stigma of Print’ (1951) touched an important nerve on the subject of publication. Despite claims that this stance had became ‘unfashionable’ by the mid-seventeenth century, few demonstrate such a ‘stigma’ more than Andrew Marvell. … More The Stigma of Print
There is finally some space to breathe. After several weeks of teaching lengthy texts in The Grand Remonstrance, Areopagitica, The Kings Cabinet Opened, we have two weeks’ respite with poetry. It’s good timing.
This marks a new beginning – into professional studenthood. I’ve become a master’s student by research at the University of Edinburgh. … More Diurnal – the dawn of a researcher