Jasmine Dhesi

The best reads around the festive season

Jasmine Dhesi discusses some of her favourite reads for this time of year… For a Classic Christmas read: A Christmas Carol Every classic festive reading list includes Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, and for good reason. There’s nothing more heart-warming than watching a wretched miser learn the error of his...
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Posted Dec. 18, 2018

Have yourself a secular little Christmas

One of the earliest secondary school assemblies I remember was about the meaning of Christmas. A teacher presented us with a shoebox, which contained several smaller boxes. Each box, she said, represented a layer to the meaning of Christmas: Consumerism, Food, School holidays and family time. Finally, she revealed the...
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Posted Dec. 16, 2018

Christmas traditions for the book-lover

Among the many traditions surrounding Christmas, literary traditions can often be overlooked in favour of the comfort of festive foods, the ease of watching a Christmas classic on TV or the glamour of extravagant decorations. Bookish Christmas traditions still hold a place in our Christmas ritual, even if they sometimes...
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Posted Dec. 5, 2018

We need to separate female writers’ lives from their work

Why is it that female writers often face more scrutiny over their personal lives than their work? The relationship between reader and author is, for the most part, ever-evolving but it would seem that the relationship specific to female authors and their audiences has reached an impasse. Despite women’s contributions...
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Posted Dec. 1, 2018

Using books and reading as a way to treat mental illness

Reading books often represents a comforting escapism. But what if reading could do even more than entertain and distract you at the end of a difficult day? What if reading could help treat a mental illness? Bibliotherapy, an ancient practice given its name in 1916 by Samuel Crothers, aims to...
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Posted Oct. 26, 2018