Oslo, London, Bergen: People, Books and Old Lovers

Hiya blog! Long time no see. Things got busy lately, but now here I am. I wanted to write a little recap on the month I was travelling in January and February. I’ve been spending time in Oslo, London and Bergen, mainly for the latest gathering for my course, but also doing some Zille related things and catching up with what seemed like a hundred friends, but was more like fifteen. As I live in the countryside far away from all the people I know and love, it was really wonderful to see them all and hear about what they’re up to. I also have family in all three cities, and spending time with them is always such a boost for me, especially when I get to cuddle my two little nephews. Hashtag can’t get enough. The course, which is about the Norwegian book industry (read about it here and…

Is The Literary World Sexist? My University Experience

Is the literary world sexist? I want to answer this question, and I hope that the answer is no, but it’s a tricky one to get to grips with because there are so many sides to the issue. So I’ve decided to write a series of blog posts tackling the many aspects of the literary environment and the gender balances within it. I’ll be exploring my own personal experiences and assumptions, trying to keep an open mind about what I might have gotten wrong. I’ll  start with my time at university. There were far more girls than boys on my English literature course at uni. I’d say it was 80/20 girls and boys. Why? Is it because literature is perceived as a ‘soft’ subject, and therefore boys don’t pursue it? Is it because it is perceived as an intellectually challenging subject, and therefore the ones that perform best at school,…