A short guide to the Wolf Hall author’s remarkably varied back catalogue.
A scholar of literature for children and young adults shares her insights on how to better connect children with literature and libraries with their communities.
The US is seeing more campaigns to ‘protect’ children by barring controversial books. But research shows children’s reading experiences are complex and unpredictable, explains a literature professor.
An English professor takes a critical look at why today’s students are assigned the same books that were assigned decades ago – and why American school curricula are so difficult to change.
What can Tolkien’s lesser-known stories tell us about the world he created?
Effects of violence and forced migration on survivors’ mental health have not been acknowledged, despite the trauma being passed down generations.
Dragons have been used for political manoeuvring throughout the history of Britain.
He is certainly important to English but he isn’t responsible for as much of it as you might think.
Writers seem to be especially vulnerable in polarized times, when the nuances of works are more likely to be overlooked.
Rushdie’s books have inspired generations of readers and writers – and a recent attempt to kill him.
When Stephanie Trigg was a young reader, The Gentle Falcon, set in 1396, introduced her to the beauty and danger of the medieval world.
A city of contrasts, these books represent the heart and the violence of this Italian city.
The field of ‘monster studies’ looks at how texts reflect ideas about what’s evil, weird or scary.
He had a scandalous reputation in his lifetime but in death became angelic.
Music is featured in most of Jane Austen’s novels and recent research is teaching us more about her personal love of music. What can it tell us about the world of Jane Austen?
Sensationalism is ingrained in any conversation about abortion because the issue has long stood in for the country’s deepest fears.
In an interview, scholar Alyssa Collins explains how her time spent plumbing the sci fi writer’s papers left her stunned by the breadth of her interests and the depth of her scientific knowledge.
Even though Afrofuturist works are set in fictional worlds, they provide a blueprint for social, political and economic systems free from exploitation and oppression.
What happens when a writer asks us to consider the perspective of the perpetrator rather than the victim?
The tragedy of Macbeth issues a warning for our times about the harm that is done when the desire for power drowns out the inner voice of conscience.