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Michael Grant and Charlie Higson: Cheltenham Literature Festival Review

Charlie Higson (L) and Michael Grant (R)

By Daphne Armstrong

Imagine a world filled with maggot-infested zombies, mutant powered children and ravenous creatures. Sounds a bit far fetched? Well, not for the infamous Michael Grant, author of the thrilling “Gone” series and Charlie Higson, creator of “The Enemy”, who gave a talk in the PAC as part of the Cheltenham Literature Festival on Sunday 5th October. Discussing everything from violence in literature to tips for your own writing, it was an event not to be missed by fantasy-horror fans across the board!

Theatre Review: ‘Antony & Cleopatra’


As seen in Pegasus Pages (Summer 2014)

Alice Chambers reviews ‘Antony and Cleopatra’ at The Globe (May 2014), starring Phil Daniels as Antony and Eve Best as Cleopatra, directed by Jonathan Munby


On a torrential Saturday, I headed to London’s Globe to watch ‘Antony and Cleopatra’. Accompanied by the whirring of a helicopter and the patter of rain, the play began with hypnotic Egyptian dancing and the roaring of drunken men. Eve Best shone in her role as Cleopatra, while unfortunately the substitute for Phil Daniels did not quite reach the dominance of a Roman leader with a highlighted script in his hand.

You Don’t Have to Burn Bras to be a Feminist


By Naomi Morris Omori

Recently, someone said to me: “Naomi, you’ve become a lot more ‘outwardly feminist’ in the past two years.” Yes, and I’m proud of it.

What annoys me intensely is that there is a black name against feminism and that many people are therefore ashamed of calling themselves feminists – both men and women. They do not understand what being a feminist means: it means believing that men and women are equal. Not superior, but equal.

Breaking Boundaries

(As seen in Pegasus Pages, March 2014)

In Pegasus Pages’ first poetry instalment, ‘Tofe Ayeni takes us on a emotional journey through the guilt and helplessness of “a third world girl living a first world life”. Highlighting the problems of her people, she seeks a way to alleviate their suffering.


I feel helpless,

I feel useless,

I feel like I cannot change the world,

Mine being the third.

Jung Chang Inspires at Cheltenham Literature Festival

Jung Chang cheltenham ladies' college

By Charlotte Jiang

Having written her bestselling book ‘Wild Swans’ many years ago, and then having released her second paper publication on a biography of Mao a few years ago, Jung Chang’s success with words has prompted her to write her third book, titled ‘Empress Dowager Cixi’. This book tells the story of China’s most fearless Empress, and became the main subject of Jung Chang’s talk at the Cheltenham Literature Festival. Interviewed by Nick Higham, Jung Chang spoke of her new book and the inspiration behind this.

Our Obsession with Vampires


As seen in Pegasus Pages, March 2013.

By Isabella Crane

Even if you aren’t completely Vampire-obsessed, if you’re a teenage girl I can pretty much guarantee you’ve read or watched at least one book/TV show somehow connected to the un-dead.

Talks & Lectures: Lavinia Singer Gives Workshop to Nurture Creative Writing Talent


 As seen in the Gloucestershire Echo on Saturday, 13th April, 2013.

By Blossom Cheng

On Tuesday, 29th of January, Lavinia Singer, hosted a Creative Writing Club workshop as an alumna of the Cheltenham Ladies’ College, poet, winner of the Newdigate Prize for poetry, and editor of the Oxford Poetry Magazine. She helped budding writers become more aware about the different ways they could start or develop their poetry.

Anthony Horowitz: Icon of Children’s Literature

Antarctica - inspiration for 'Oblivion'

By Helen Spalding

As seen in Pegasus Pages (December 2012).

An iconic figure in children’s fiction, Anthony Horowitz was interviewed in the Sky Arts Tent as part of the Cheltenham Literature Festival. Shy at first, he became more confident and at ease on stage when his love for writing claimed him and he took the opportunity to share his thoughts and inspiration behind his books.

The author of the legendary Alex Rider series and the new Power of 5 series spoke passionately about his newest piece of work, Oblivion, the final book in this latest collection of novels. He described to the eager crowd his unique writing process, his experiences in writing, and some of the deeper messages behind his works.

‘Gone with the Wind’ – The Film Disappointed

gone with the wind

By Isabella Crane

As seen in Pegasus Pages (December 2012).

When I first picked up Gone With The Wind, I’m not exactly sure what I was expecting. But whatever it was, it definitely wasn’t that it would be a book that would make me sit up, locked in my room, until four o’clock in the morning because I physically couldn’t put it down. The belles, balls, and beauty of the South had me completely hooked, and when I finally finished the last page, several sleepless nights later, the book had affected me so profoundly that I was honestly surprised that the Earth was still revolving.

You can imagine my reaction, then, when I heard of the movie, filmed in 1939. Ten Academy Awards, earned more than any other film previously in history, Vivien Leigh, Clark Gable, the classic film of the 1930s, blah, blah, blah. It’s bound to be good, right?


Wild Swans: Still Flying

By Isabella Crane

The Remarkable Human Story of 20th Century China

With so many new book titles available every week, it’s becoming increasingly uncommon to find a book that can withstand the test of time. Wild Swans, the critically acclaimed novel by Jung Chang is a story that truly transcends time, and race.

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