25 Days Annual Leave – Marrakech (Part 1)

By Sarah Lawrence

As we say goodbye to another year we begin to think about things we have to look forward to in 2018. If you are stuck for ideas here is a planned out six-day holiday for just over £600 including flights and riad (a traditional house built around a courtyard, used as a hotel).

Important: Marrakech is made up of, what I consider, two components: the old city and the new city. We stayed in the old city for that authentic experience. 

Day 1: Welcome to Marrakech

The flight was hectic; parents were yelling and children were hitting each other with anything they could reach. Thankfully we soon found ourselves in a private car with air conditioning, tinted windows and bottled water. Walking down the road to our riad, I found myself in the way of many motorcycles and cars. Beware of shop owners calling after you: they will try every language they know to get your attention and also, butchers have a much more open-door policy consisting of hanging carcasses dripping blood on the pavement. It was at that point my sister and I started a little game we like to call; ‘Not the Weirdest Thing I’ve Seen This Holiday’.

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Gardens and Whales

By Fintan Bowles

What is poetry if it comes down to gardens and Whales?

Is it the arrogant writer’s odyssey of noting storms and gales?

When pen touches paper, paper touches man,

With words of emotional depth and where empathy ran.


Poetry is the trickery of the man with the mind,

As the fool reads and believes he cannot write such art from behind,

Yet poetry is any man’s bite, even gardens and whales,

To put it into practice is the way we tell our tales.


What is with this man business? Can a woman not have this touch?

Why yes, gardens and whales are for everyone, so long as you know of such.

I believe that everyone has a story they can’t possibly tell,

But when they try poetry, their emotions draw great swell.


Gardens and whales? How arbitrary! Why this for a title?

Well when you conjure up emotions, a lure for them is vital.

The fisherman sings, when he raises sails,

For in his heart is a story, a poem of gardens and whales.


Best Decision I Ever Made? Staying at Essex

By John Stammers

In October 2014 I moved into my flat in Keynes Tower a naïve fresher. I had never cooked a meal, never done laundry, and I was cocky enough to think I didn’t have to worry too much about budgeting because I wasn’t much of a drinker. I was wrong.

For the first three weeks, I lived on Pot Noodles and Happy Days. I went home at weekends so my mum could do my washing. And I managed to waste more money than my flatmates despite spending my nights sober. I woke up each morning with my stomach screaming for real food, I was lonely, and I was losing my savings at a terrifying rate. As you can imagine, I was far from happy at Essex.


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Around Lenin’s Finger: Creel 3 Campus Launch

By Jonathan King

Wednesday 18 October 2017 saw the campus launch of Creel 3 at the Art Exchange (the public launch having taken place a few weeks previously on the 9th September 2017 at a packed Wivenhoe bookshop). Around fifteen of us made the journey on a misty and mystical evening, seated amongst the artefacts of the current exhibition Fallen, exploring the rise and fall of Vladimir Lenin around the quite magnificent central piece, a 4-metre-long model of Lenin’s finger from the vast 100-metre-high sculpture proposed for the Palace of the Soviets. It really has to be seen to be believed.

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Reflections on Welcome Week 2017

By Siril Grini

A treasure hunt for about 150 people, dead pigeons and over 200 brand new students… Welcome Week 2017 was eventful to say the least. Here are my reflections on Welcome, for the first time through a staff member’s eyes rather than a student’s.

For those of you who have not met me yet, I am the new Student Engagement Intern in the LiFTS Department. I am also a LiFTS alumna, as I graduated with my BA in English Literature this summer. I started in the beginning of September, and my first month in the department has been all about Welcome Week. More than a month of hard work from everyone in the department’s admin team culminated in our Departmental Induction Day on Tuesday 3 October.

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Welcome to LiFTS!


Hello and welcome to the Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies! Whether you are a undergraduate or postgraduate student we hope you are looking forward to studying with us in LiFTS. Welcome Week is just around the corner and the Department and the University have arranged exciting events all week to help you settle in. Here’s what’s going on:

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LiFTS in Southend

By Ashleigh Poole.

Last week, our own Dr Liam Jarvis visited Shoeburyness High School, working with their fantastic musical theatre students and conducting a workshop. The stage was filled with smiles as they took part in practical exercises used in the rehearsal sessions for the record-breaking West End show, War Horse.

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2nd & 3rd Year Results Day!

A massive congratulations to all our second and third years for their hard work!

We are very proud of all you have achieved. You deserve it!



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We look forward to celebrating with all our third years at Graduation!