Connell Guides Essay Prize: Winner Announced!

This year’s Connell Guides Essay Prize judge, award-winning novelist Philip Pullman, has selected the winner and two runnners-up in our nation-wide young writers’ competition. Congratulations to Eleanor Winn, a sixth-form pupil at St Paul’s Girls’ School, who was chosen chosen for her striking appraisal of Jez Butterworth’s play Jerusalem. Eleanor has won the £500 cash prize,…

William Boyd on the Connell Guides Essay Prize

Last year we were thrilled to have master storyteller William Boyd judge our inaugural Connell Guides Essay Prize. He said the standard of entries was “uniformly high – thoughtful, intelligent, cogently argued. They should all be congratulated. Wit and intelligence were present in abundance in the piece I’ve chosen as the winner but also marked out…

Famous Beginnings

When Twitter came up with the concept of ‘Vine’ videos, the world seemed to realise that its attention span had shrunk to 6 seconds. Writing in The Telegraph, Hannah Furness responds to the claim that literature must similarly “grab readers by the throat”, selecting the finest examples of novels whose opening lines do just that.…

The Peter Pan of the Trenches

“What passing bells for those who die as cattle?” The poetry of those who fought in the trenches of World War One has now been a vital part of our literary heritage for a century. Wilfred Owen’s ‘Anthem for a Doomed Youth’ is among the most famous examples, with its powerful evocation of senseless suffering.…

Modernism #7: So what is Modernism?

As will be clear by now, Modernism is notoriously tricky to define. In fact, it is wrong to think of Modernism as just one thing. It is made up of all kinds of other isms: Impressionism, Expressionism, Imagism, Vorticism, Futurism, Absurdism, Dadism, Surrealism, to name but a few. For sure, these different isms share some…