By the age of 8, I was convinced that I was prepared for my authorial career, having written and illustrated two of my own books. Looking at them now, a pile of A4 folded paper sealed with split pins do not boast an air of professionalism, but they do demonstrate my prevailing interest in storytelling.
Now studying English Literature alongside Fine Art and Classical Civilizations, I can fully investigate this interest. I love to draw inspiration from Classical myths, tragedies or illuminating novels and poetry to form artistic investigations into the convergence of literature with contemporary art. I relish the fluidity of my subjects and have enjoyed exploring the presentation of women in Greek Tragedies such as Sophocles’ Antigone, to enrich my understanding of contemporary literature such as Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale.
I truly appreciate theatre as a point of conjunction between my subjects of interest, especially since I became a Student Ambassador for Exeter Northcott Theatre and gained work experience with the Royal Shakespeare Company in the Barbican. For me, the exetreme imagination festival is an exciting opportunity to see literature explored through enlightening activities for all ages, from drama workshops to academic talks.
I am now aiming towards studying Theatre Design, having been moved by productions such as Robert Icke’s 1984, a theatrical interpretation of Orwell’s iconic dystopian novel. Seeing how literature corresponds with history and heralds the changes in perception of class, gender and race with great veracity, I will always keep it central to my work. We can be reminded of the significance of literature through the wonderful Virginia Woolf; “Fiction is like a spider’s web, attached ever so slightly perhaps, but still attached to life at all four corners.”