Welcome to the Library!

In here you’ll find the Archives: past articles written for your entertainment by current students, recent graduates and academics. You’ll also find links to blogs and books written by current and former students, and a collection of my YouTube videos. Browse and enjoy – but keep the noise down!

Welcome to my library: part of it, anyway!


Weekend Reading Archive: click here for a page of archived links and over two years’ worth of weekly posts!


Comfort Classics

Interviews with nearly a hundred Classics enthusiasts, all sharing happy thoughts about the ancient world.

Comfort Classics archive



Opportunities, exhibitions and shows

The Gods According To Stephen Fry, by Cora Beth Knowles

Visiting the Mithraeum, by Klara Hegedus

A Dream Placement in Pompeii, by Frances Breen

Encountering Ashurbanipal, by Klara Hegedus

Postgraduate Loans: Spreading the Word, by Cora Beth Knowles

What’s Next? Try Publishing, by Cora Beth Knowles

Entering the Kassman Competition, by David Coplowe, Ian Ramskill and Sandy Buckel

Booking for the Summer, by Cora Beth Knowles

Footprints in the Forum: The British School at Rome, by Frances Breen

(Congratulations to Frances, whose article was featured in the OU Students Magazine, Spring 2018.)

Undergraduate Awards, by Richard Moon


Destinations for the Wandering Classicist

Brading Roman Villa, by Pam Herbert

A Library in Greece, by Liz Drummond

Roman Holiday, by Klara Hegedus

The Wandering Classicist’s Guide to Paris, by Emily Peacock

Lego Fun

Children of the Labyrinth (International Lego Classicism Day 2023)

Antenociticus the Geordie God (International Lego Classicism Day 2022)

The Ballad of Robert Blair (International Lego Classicism Day 2021)

A Pleasant Tragedy (International Lego Classicism Day 2020)

The Barateid (International Lego Classicism Day 2019)

New Year, New Me! (Joining the Lego Classicist Family)

Study Skills

Plagiarism and Poison, by Cora Beth Knowles

MA Dissertation Advice, by Jack Lambert

Participation – a Tutor Manifesto, by Cora Beth Knowles

Participatory Inclusivity, by Steven Havelin

Hide, or Fight? Dealing with Disappointment, by Cora Beth Knowles

What is an abstract and how do I write one? by Cora Beth Knowles

The Exam Appreciation Society by Cora Beth Knowles

“What should I write about?” by Cora Beth Knowles

Who’s Afraid of Wikipedia? by Cora Beth Knowles

How to get from B to A, by Cora Beth Knowles

Referencing: Respect the Elephant! by Cora Beth Knowles

On writing an EMA, by Cora Beth Knowles

Time Management! by Caroline Townsend

Studied Resilience – being an adaptable student by Delius Singer

‘My toddler ate my homework’ by Lilah-Grace Canevaro


Classical musings

WOR MUSEUM: a Geordie poem

Christmas Concatenations, by Steven Havelin

Classical Pottering, by Cora Beth Knowles

Discovering Ultima Thule, by Cora Beth Knowles

Spinning the Wheel of Fortune, by Cora Beth Knowles

The Wisdom of Playmobil, by Cora Beth Knowles

Hawking’s Prometheus, by Cora Beth Knowles

The Joys of Reception, by Cora Beth Knowles

Snow falls…, by Cora Beth Knowles

Lessons from a Spartan Ostrich, by Cora Beth Knowles

Holding on to Hylas, by Cora Beth Knowles

Weird Classics, by Cora Beth Knowles

The Impossible Library, by Cora Beth Knowles

‘Tis the Season – to Sing in Latin! by Cora Beth Knowles

Ode to the Self-taught Latinist, by Cora Beth Knowles

OU Classics: a Voyage of Surprises, by Sarah Burke

‘Abattre les Cloisons’ (Break down the compartments), by Damian Rudge

Nero- Arsonist and Fiddler? by David Coplowe

Roman Attitudes to Jews and Christians in the 1st Century AD, by David Coplowe

The relevance of The Classics in the modern day, by Damian Rudge

I blog therefore I am? by Cora Beth Knowles

Tacitus Who? by Cora Beth Knowles

Classics was my Chrysalis, by Steve Havelin


Talking about books

Women of Substance in Homeric Epic, by Lilah Grace Canevaro

Review: Forward with Classics, by Steven Havelin

Review: Atalanta, by Jennifer Saint, by Cora Beth Fraser

Review: THE SHADOW OF PERSEUS by Claire Heywood, by Cora Beth Fraser


Student life

Me, Myself and I, by Cora Beth Knowles

Baby Brain to PhD, by Rhian Williams

MA? PhD? When the writing gets tough…, by Steven Havelin

A Day Out in Milton Keynes, by Pauline Robinson

A Degree for Free: Can it be Done? by Cora Beth Knowles

A Classic in More Ways than One, by Cora Beth Knowles

Black Friday Anti-Shopping, by Cora Beth Knowles

Carrying a Heavy Load: a disabled student’s story, by Gracchus

Should I do a PhD? or… Name? Occupation? Specialist subject? by Cora Beth Knowles

 Becoming a Study Addict, by Cora Beth Knowles

The Mature Student… a title at war with itself, by Denise Fraser 

Exams and the Mature Student, by Denise Fraser

My stained glass window. Because all the coolest libraries have a stained glass window.



Introducing A330:

Introducing A863:

A864 – describing the Dissertation process:


More of my library, including several swords, a LEGO Hogwarts Great Hall, and a cat’s bottom sticking out from under the footstool.


Video Library

Videos created by me, with varying levels of clumsiness!

And me in a Starring Role (I filmed this by myself during lockdown, which was an interesting experience…!):

The Blog Corner

Here are some blogs by current and former students in my groups. Click and enjoy!

Classical Fix

Le Temps Revient

Classics and Coffee

East Highland Gothic



The Writers’ Corner

Here you’ll find published work by current and past students. The links will take you to Amazon, where you can read a bit more about these books and their authors.

Ceci Jenkinson

David Tallach

Max Passler

Tutor Materials

The Authority of Sharing

Blog handout

Blog presentation

A111 Resources