Vaneesha Patel

Alan Yang’s Emmy speech highlighted an important issue

Before I begin, could we get a round applause for the diversity shown at the Emmys? The Emmys were absolutely epic and here’s one of the reasons why… One of the most memorable acts at the Emmys was Alan Yang’s call for action regarding Asian inclusion and representation in media....
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Posted Oct. 1, 2016

Should consent feature in more storylines on TV?

Trigger warning: mention of rape Hollyoaks has decided to air a storyline about sexual consent during fresher’s week and here is why I think they deserve a round of applause. The issue of consent and its true meaning has only recently been highlighted in the media, yet there’s still a...
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Posted Sep. 10, 2016

Is ‘Bake Off’ for amateur bakers anymore?

As an amateur baker, I adore The Great British Bake Off. Regardless of where I am and what I am doing, I will always make the time to watch it. After a couple years of Great British Bake Off addiction, I can’t help but notice that things have gotten a...
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Posted Aug. 21, 2016

The books that changed our lives

We all have that one book which changed the way we look at our lives forever. Six Boar Books writers share theirs… Sohini Kumar I remember reading once that Roald Dahl wanted to make his readers laugh — “actual loud belly laughs.” Fittingly, Dahl’s Matilda is one of the first books...
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Posted Apr. 30, 2016

Charlotte Brontë taught me to believe in myself as a woman

The Brontë novel which influenced my life the most was Jane Eyre. As the first novel I had to study for my GCSEs, I immediately disliked the text. However, after deciding to re-read Jane Eyre in my final year of A-Levels, I finally got it. I think the best thing about reading Jane...
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Posted Apr. 22, 2016

The Power of Roald Dahl

Growing up as an unorthodox ’90s child, the author most influential to my upbringing was Roald Dahl. He began writing as a child and made it a profession in the 1940s. If we do the maths, that’s essentially 76 years of neverending success within the book industry. Even after his death, his books continue...
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Posted Mar. 27, 2016

Mental Illness in Books

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]here’s a stigma associated with mental illness in society. However, the current “cultural shift” enables individuals to feel more comfortable to express their views. Books play an important part in this cultural shift as they allow people who are impacted by mental illness to identify with an author or character, therefore alleviating their status...
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Posted Mar. 18, 2016