The greatest insults in Shakespeare

William Shakespeare was deft with wonderfully worded insults in his works. Here are some of our favourites.

22 April 2022 by Laura Kelly

Great podcasts to improve your writing skills

Looking for inspiration in an easy-to-consume format? Look no further than writing podcasts. We've rounded up a handful we particularly like. 

18 March 2022 by Laura Kelly

Words of advice from the most successful authors

Some of the greatest authors are no longer with us, but their words live on. We’ve looked at some bestselling authors and are sharing their writing advice. 

15 December 2021 by Laura Kelly

Imagism: a minimalist movement that changed poetry

In the early twentieth century, a poetry movement called Imagism revolutionised English literature. We’ll cover what it was, who practised it and what impact it’s had on modern poetry. 

17 November 2021 by Laura Kelly

10 English words with surprising etymology

The practice of etymology is uncovering the truth by tracing the root of a word. Find out some surprising word origins.

20 October 2021 by Laura Kelly

Feminist placards: the language of protest

Banners have a way of bringing together feminists from all walks of life. We’ll look at a handful of these and examine the power of their feminist language.

8 September 2021 by Laura Kelly

Pandemic clichés and how to avoid them

We’ll explore how pandemic clichés become so prevalent and why you should do your best to avoid them. Then we’ll highlight some useful alternatives.

25 August 2021 by Laura Kelly

10 British English phrases

There are some phrases in British English which anyone who didn’t grow up in the UK would struggle to understand. We’ll outline a handful of these and explain their meanings and origins. 

6 August 2021 by Laura Kelly

Successful authors who started late

To inspire you, we’ve collated key authors who found writing success later in life. It’s never too late to write your magnum opus. 

8 July 2021 by Laura Kelly

Italian words that English really needs

Italian rolls off the tongue and there are many fascinating words that aren’t directly translatable into English. Here are some of our favourites. 

23 June 2021 by Laura Kelly

Writing tips from authors who didn’t mince words

Some writers didn't mince words when it came to advice. We'll highlight lesser-known quotes by writers who told it like it is.

7 May 2021 by Laura Kelly

A very Victorian guide to letter writing

Writing letters is becoming a lost art. But, in an era of “Zoom fatigue”  and “doomscrolling”, receiving correspondence away from the screen can be a real delight. Why not learn from those who did it best? 

17 February 2021 by Laura Kelly