It’s been a rough couple of weeks for many reasons – but mostly because my little cat Max, who had been with me for almost 15 years, died last week after a pretty awful period of illness. Adjusting to his absence has been strange. I’ve lived in this house for 15 years, and for all … More Weekend Reading: What can’t be cured…
Today I’ve been attending (remotely) an Institute of Classical Studies workshop on post-PhD freelancing, with people working in museums, heritage, journalism, education policy, independent research and other areas. It’s been a very interesting afternoon. I admit, I tend to raise an eyebrow at the term ‘freelancing’. As far as I can tell, this really just … More Weekend Reading: Freedom and Freelancing
Well, that was interesting! I’ve been trying to keep up with the latest crop of ‘feminist’ or ‘female-centred’ myth retellings, so I was keen to see what Claire Heywood was going to do with the story of Perseus. I have to admit, I was surprised! The story is told from the perspectives of three of … More Review: THE SHADOW OF PERSEUS by Claire Heywood
This week a lot of things have combined to force me into taking a hard look at where this website came from, and at where it’s going. I’ve been writing about myself and my achievements this week, as part of an application. Singing my own praises is something that always makes my skin crawl, of … More Weekend Reading: Sorry, Old Friend!
I hope you’ve all had a lovely Christmas break! Mine felt like it went by very fast, and I don’t think I’ve actually had a chance to sit still yet – but it was good to be able to focus on family things for a change. I confess that there was quite a lot of … More Weekend Reading: An Open Invitation
I love the current trend of feminist (or female-centred) myth retellings. I love walking into a bookshop and seeing the popular enthusiasm for novels featuring Medusa, Ariadne, Pandora, Circe and Elektra. I love the beautiful covers that take Greek vase motifs and make them sparkly (not that I’m superficial or anything…!). What I don’t love … More Review: ATALANTA by Jennifer Saint
It’s been an awfully long term, but we’ve made it! I’m marking the last of the late TMAs, my email out-of-office message is ready to go, and I’m wearing my Christmas Penguin jumper – and I don’t think I’ve ever been quite so excited to take a break! No more working till midnight, no more … More Merry Christmas!
Last weekend we held our first ever Saturnalia Fun Day at the Hadrian’s Wall Classical Association. We’ll be taking our show on the road next year, since we aim to cover a pretty wide geographical spread – but to begin with we’ve based ourselves in and around the Durham area. Our Saturnalia event was held … More Weekend Reading: Winter Fun
I’d love to say that I’ve made you all an advent calendar – but I’m afraid my powers of invention have failed me this time. The start of December is always stunningly hectic for me, with all the marking coming in at once – as anyone who’s sent me an email recently will know! – … More Weekend Reading: A Classical Advent
I hope you enjoyed last week’s Christmas Gift Guide! It was a lot of fun to put together. I think I did more window-shopping in a week than I did over the whole of the year! This week I have more seasonal fun to offer – at least, if you happen to be in the … More Weekend Reading: Saturnalia Fun