Rudyard Kipling’s ‘Just So Stories’



Another great set of childhood stories, these were originally meant for Kipling’s children, and I’m very glad that he chose to share them. He gives answers to why animals are the way they are, and how they they came to be in such a way. My favourite is ‘How the Elephant got its trunk’, although it is not a controversial concept to claim that they all have their own equal charm.

I’m sure this is a book that I will be revisiting many times, and maybe when the time comes to read them to my own children, just as Rudyard did to his (and I’m sure it will be inspiration to write some of my own children’s stories too)!


My first short film: ‘Beer and Nuts’

This is my first attempt at a short film. I wanted to have a go at directing before I left university as it often is the best time to try your hand at new skills! I know it might not be to everyone’s tastes and there is room for improvement, but that’s what a first attempt is. Enjoy!

The Wonders of Roald Dahl




I am a big Roald Dahl fan, he definitely made my childhood a lot more entertaining. His stories always have some dark punchline to keep you interested in the next one. While they are written for children, I feel that I couldn’t have truly grasped the dark humour at a young age. He has a very smooth style and a great clarity of expression when he gets at the flaws of the human condition.

This is a collection of short stories for everyone over the age of ten, and one that I feel is a valuable part of literature’s history and culture. It is a definite classic, and one I wholly recommend as a part of everyone’s education.

Revisiting Past horrors with ‘The Naked and The Dead’



4/5 This photo gives you an idea of the weight of Norman Mailer’s novel. If you have a couple of weeks of rainy days then it might be worth sitting inside and picking this up! Essentially it is 700 pages of character profiles, and the immoralities involved in WWII, based on Mailer’s own experiences in the Philippines.

If you had to relate it to another piece of work i would say it is a more serious version of Catch-22, showing the inescapability of War and the institutions within it.


Transcendental Time

The world is a temporal place,

Buildings are built to crumble and fall

As their once great magnificence is lost to the wind.

Plants and trees wither away,

Once painted masterpieces burn in great fires,

Poems are lost and made wet in the rain.

What is to say that life follows suit?

We live and we die,

That’s it they say.

In the moment I say just three words to you,

Mi Anita,

The drain of time is plugged.

The emotion of love is not held to minutes

Or seconds,

Not to hands on a clock

It has happened, and for this,

It shall always be.