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Dr Janina Ramirez and The Private Lives of the Saints

Dr Janina Ramirez and The Private Lives of the Saints

It’s seven o’clock on a Friday night and Dr Janina Ramirez is storming up and down the stage at Lincoln Drill Hall in a pair of massive platform boots, showing history what’s what. Tonight, we’re dealing with the saints – characters that walk the tricky line between factual history and the divine – the subject […]

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Meeting Dianne Setterfield

Meeting Dianne Setterfield

On her personal website, Dianne Setterfield describes herself as more of a reader than a writer but, with two novels already published and another nearing completion, she’s written more than the average reader. I met her last week, in the atrium of the Collection in Lincoln. Dianne is from Oxford, but had been to Lincoln […]

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YJA meets Kathryn Hughes

YJA meets Kathryn Hughes

Kathryn Hughes spent twenty years of her academic career researching the Victorians, before realizing that she didn’t know what it felt like to be a Victorian. She knew the facts, the dates and the statistics. She was able to analyse the political uprisings of the Chartists and assess Britain foreign policy, but unsure what it would feel […]

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Newark Book Festival: Ellen Lavelle meets author Matt Haig

Newark Book Festival: Ellen Lavelle meets author Matt Haig

On Saturday 15th July, I met Matt Haig, author of the hugely successful Reasons to Stay Alive, as he toured with his new novel How to Stop Time.

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Amsterdam: Levelling-Up My Human Skills

Amsterdam: Levelling-Up My Human Skills

  I managed to survive a journey to Amsterdam, a week in Amsterdam and the train journey back from Amsterdam without any major disasters. On the way back to Paris, I was sitting next to a man that used the train Wi-Fi and his Macbook Air to donate to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, but he […]

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Bad Guys: Modern and Vintage

Bad Guys: Modern and Vintage

As a creative writing student and someone who plans to one day write a Man-Booker prize-winning novel or Oscar-winning screenplay, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about villains.

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The Sound of Independence

The Sound of Independence

Red Wave Productions – a production company comprised of Lincoln University students specialising in film production – have recently released a short film entitled ‘The Sound of Independence’.

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Now You See Me: An interview with Martin Daniels

Now You See Me: An interview with Martin Daniels

On Friday 5th September 2014, I met comedian and magician Martin Daniels and he told me about the upcoming village hall tour…

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In conversation with Karen Maitland

In conversation with Karen Maitland

The subject of her talk at The Collection was her latest novel, The Vanishing Witch, set in 1381 during the reign of fourteen-year old King Richard II, focusing specifically on the suppression of the Peasants’ Revolt.

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An interview with Jessie Burton: The Miniaturist

An interview with Jessie Burton: The Miniaturist

On Wednesday 30th July 2014, I met author Jessie Burton at The Collection in Lincoln – one of many stops on her tour as she promotes her debut novel The Miniaturist.

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