An Evening With Stephen Fry | UEA Spring Literary Festival

Tonight I had the great pleasure of seeing Stephen Fry discuss his new book, MYTHOS, at UEA’s Spring Literary Festival in conversation with Philip Lankesgov. An hour of Greek mythology and brilliant quips, followed by a signing (I MET STEPHEN FRY!!) is a pretty good way to spend a Wednesday.

Stephen started by describing the Greek’s version of the beginning of the universe (“So there is the sky god’s… junk flying across the sea,” Stephen Fry, 2018), and reading his book in his own narrative voice was just incredible.

He is such a hilarious man, and it was such an entertaining night. He and Philip worked so well together bouncing off each other, and Stephen is just so intelligent it wasn’t a chore to listen to him.

I am so excited to read MYTHOS! And Stephen was such a lovely man when I met him – it was pretty quick, but so great to meet someone who I have admired for so long.

When you land in the world of Greek myth, you land in a place you already know.

-Stephen Fry

Until the next time,

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My University TBR

This semester at university, in comparison to last semester, I have a rather large reading list, which I thought would be nice to share with you guys! I am taking three modules: Austen and the Bront√ęs, Shakespeare, and Poetry [creative writing].

Austen and the¬†Bront√ęs

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For this module, I am reading 3 books by Jane Austen and one for each of the Bront√ęs.

  • Pride and Prejudice¬†by Jane Austen
  • Sense and Sensibility¬†by Jane Austen
  • Persuasion¬†by Jane Austen
  • Wuthering Heights¬†by Emily¬†Bront√ę
  • Jane Eyre¬†by Charlotte¬†Bront√ę
  • The Tenant of Wildfell Hall¬†by Anne¬†Bront√ę

Shakespeare

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I am so excited to be studying Shakespeare, especially as a week before my module began they changed one of the plays we were studying to Macbeth, which is my favourite! I cannot wait to study it again (although it is in the last week, which is a bit annoying).

  • Henry V¬†
  • Richard II¬†
  • Romeo and Juliet¬†
  • A Midsummer’s Night Dream¬†
  • Twelfth Night¬†
  • The Winter’s Tale
  • Hamlet
  • Macbeth

I’ve read/studied/been in Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer’s Night Dream, and Macbeth, so I’m glad that there are more that I haven’t studied before.

Poetry

For my poetry book, we’re encouraged to read widely of poetry, so there isn’t really a set reading list. Having said that, we do have one anthology:

  • Emergency Kit¬†edited by Jo Shapcott

I’ve read a couple of poems from here already and really enjoyed them. Although we probably won’t have much set reading throughout this module, I’ll enjoy dipping in and out of the book.

If you’re studying this year, what is on your reading list? Have you read anything from mine?

Until the next time,

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