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Destructive Pleasure in Edmund Spenser’s ‘The Faerie Queene’ (1590 & 1596), and Rory O’Keefe’s ‘The Toss of a Coin: voices from a modern crisis’ (2015)

16 June 2016

The notion of destructive pleasure that is linked to the destruction of pleasure can be initially explored through Guyon’s systematic destruction of the Bower of Bliss...

Play Review – The Chamber of Beheaded Queens (2016) by K T Parker, dir. Kate O’Leary

10 April 2016

The Chamber of Beheaded Queens is a distinctly feminised historical fantasy. It depicts an afterlife where Anne Boleyn, Mary Stuart, Catherine Howard and Marie-Antoinette share their...

Truly Exotic – A One Act Play

19 March 2016

Truly Exotic is an original one act play written by me, Frank I. Swannack. The play is mainly set in the Elizabethan period, but features anachronistic conceits. It challenges...

The Petrarchan Sonnet and Sharon Kenny’s ‘Hotel Heart’ (2011)

10 September 2015

Writing in 14th Century Italy, Francesco Petrarca’s or Petrarch’s sonnets not only influenced 16th Century English sonnet sequences but endure today in...