Thursday 1st January 2015
It still feels a little bit odd to be typing the year “2015”. 2014 was a wonderful year for me. My passion for English Literature grew exponentially, to the point where I religiously checked goodreads more often than my Instagram account (or any other methods of social media). I had an amazing summer in London, with particular highlights including a fortnight-long English Literature summer school and attending some incredible plays (King Lear and Julius Caesar at The Globe, 1984 at The Playhouse and The Importance of Being Earnest at the Harold Pinter Theatre). I read more books than I ever had done before. I started this very blog and I met Ian McEwan, Richard Ayoade and several music artists. I visited several galleries, exhibitions and museums, such as Matisse Cut-Outs and Poetry and Dreaming at the Tate Modern, Money and Americas at the British Museum, and Virginia Woolf: Art, Life and Vision at the National Portrait Gallery. I saw lots of films, but particular enjoyed seeing Guardian Film Club’s showing of François Truffaut’s Day for Night.
I am hoping that 2015 will follow on from this positive stream of learning, reading and discovery. I particularly hope to learn more and more about Literature, cinema, photography, theatre, art and music. Today I started the year as I mean it to go on. I went to Southwold Pier with my best friend to see Pure Evil’s George Orwell street art. Last year I read Nineteen Eighty-Four and Animal Farm: A Fairy Story (Penguin Modern Classics), and I am hoping to read more of Orwell’s work in 2015. I particularly wish to read some of his non-fiction pieces, such as Down and Out in Paris and London (Penguin Modern Classics) and Books v. Cigarettes (Penguin Great Ideas).
Happy New Year. I look forward to sharing my literary and cultural journey with you over the next 365 days!