Lucie Carr

The students who can’t get home

On the 17th of March, Durham University student Maya Prowse issued a desperate plea to the British government via Facebook from Peru, asking people to share her story. Due to travel restrictions following the recent Coronavirus outbreak, she found herself unable to return home from her year abroad in South...
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Posted Apr. 27, 2020

Extinction Rebellion: in no way extremist, but very elitist

In January, The Guardian revealed that counter-terrorism police placed Extinction Rebellion (XR) on a list of extremist ideologies and included the movement in a 12-page guide titled Safeguarding young people and adults from ideological extremism, which was marked as “official”. In the past, authorities have denounced several peaceful protests as...
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Posted Mar. 23, 2020

The necessity of politicising children’s books

Kate Milner’s most recent publication It’s a No-Money Day has caused some commotion in the usually soothing and serene world of children’s books. Following her prize-winning book My Name is Not Refugee, the author has chosen to illustrate a little girl and her mum’s trip to a food bank somewhere...
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Posted Dec. 4, 2019

The boom in translated texts

With less than a week to go before Britain’s expected exit from the European Union, figures have shown an unprecedented growth in the sales of translated, European fiction. According to research commissioned by the Man Booker International (MBI) prize from Nielsen Book, sales are at their highest since records began....
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Posted Mar. 24, 2019

The art installation that aims to ‘reverse’ Brexit

Although not all of us are frantically stockpiling following the defeat of Theresa May’s deal on 15 January, many people in the UK are becoming increasingly fearful of the, arguably feasible, prospect of a No Deal. This divorce from the EU has been dominating British news outlets and political discourse...
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Posted Mar. 4, 2019

Words without a direct translation

As an English Literature and German student, one of the many satisfying parts of my degree is unearthing the sizeable number of words in the German dictionary for which there is no direct English translation. With each new discovery, these words remind me that studying languages inspires an appreciation of...
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Posted Feb. 9, 2019

The Orwell Foundation to launch prize exclusively for political fiction

The Orwell Foundation, based at University College London (UCL) and established in the early 1990s by Professor Sir Bernard Crick, uses the work of George Orwell to “celebrate honest writing and reporting, uncover hidden lives and confront uncomfortable truths. It additionally promotes “Orwell’s values of integrity, decency and fidelity to...
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Posted Nov. 14, 2018