Ewan Martin-Kane is a third year English student. He’s tickled by paintings of town gatherings where each fella is up to their own small oddity, like in Brueghel or Ensor or Where’s Wally, but never Lowry. When asked about his poetic preferences, he talks incoherently about inverting idioms and re-stranging language. We’re all sick of it, personally.
Kitty Liu is a third year Linguistics student. She will tell you unironically that postmodernism is a state of mind, and that literature is a game we play. But at the end of the day she’s actually just a sucker for evocative descriptions and shameless puns. Descriptions by Nabokov really hit, as do his puns coming to think of it. Actually Kitty’s just a sucker for Nabokov.
Beth Merrylees is a second year English student. She tends to spend a strange amount of time talking about ‘that one speech in The Tempest’, but insists it’s a healthy interest (it’s best to just nod and smile). Passing her free time haunting her local art gallery, she probably shows a bit *too* much enthusiasm when anyone brings up Post-Impressionist artists (again, best to just nod and smile).
Josh Hack is a second year HSPS student. He claims to be an appreciator of Modernist literature, but in reality is probably a bit too obsessed with T.S. Eliot for his own good. Most conversations with him tend to begin the same way they always end – that is, with some impassioned musings on Rimbaud and the Alchimie du Verbe. It all becomes a bit much after a while.
Bianca Pozzi is a second year English student. She is obsessed with collecting fragments that might eventually form a whole. In the meantime, she admires fragments that have already come together from reconstructed Greek vases to Dada photomontages and Surrealist exquisite corpses, but also scraps gathered by the wind. Talk about body&machine, anything verging on the cyborg and she’ll start taking notes after a moment of hesitation between a paper notebook, her phone or the palm of her hand. She likes edges and borders and walking across them, likes watching the typographical dance of concrete poetry, but above all she likes peculiar shaped chocolates. She hopes not to cross the threshold into nonsense (at least not yet).
Rikki Hirai is a second-year Natural Sciences student taking history and philosophy of science and physics. She is passionate about motifs, whether they are birds gradually morphing into fish in an Escher print, or prophetic sand undulations in the English Patient. On the topic of motifs, her life is punctuated by rewatches of Fleabag’s confession box scene after any inconvenience big or small.
Zoe Smith is a third year English student. Part-time Berlin aficionado and full-time fan of niche film trivia, when she’s not writing/drawing/obsessing over something weird (80s cult slasher films anyone?), she’s trying to convince her friends that her interests are in fact, cool.
Libby Leonard-Shaw is a third year English student. She spends her time half-finishing crosswords, going for brunch, and looking at floorplans of modernist houses. A self-professed collector of stones, blue objects, ceramic trinkets, and postcards, she is (perhaps erroneously) convinced that these will prove important in the future. Artistic inspirations include cyanotype prints, exhibition posters, and Matisse cut-outs.
Anna Peterson is a second year English student. She is constantly on the hunt to capture moments of tragedy and beauty in art – Anna Karenina, John Everett Millais’ Ophelia, Donnie Darko. She’s the “I read Sartre once and it changed my life” kind of existentialist who finds meaning by looking at the stars. Weaknesses include: male manipulator songs, pretty rocks and hand-written notes.
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Nia Griffiths is a final (final) year Education student. She can be found in bodies of water or petting other people’s dogs. Every few weeks she wonders if she should restart that Tolkein blog she ran when she was 16, but she’ll never be able to achieve such profound aesthetic heights again. Nia’s inspirations include Sheenagh Pugh, Louise Gluck, and Bratz Rock Angelz (2005).
Past team members:
Rebecca Davis, Archie Hamerton, Georgie Newson-Errey, Lily Sharp, Juliet Martin, Helen Grant, Sylwia Gajek, Verity Ali, Siobhan Corbey Tobin, Ashley Saville, Iulia Teodorescu, Megan Lloyd, Celine Clark, Amber Li, Finty Hunter, Anunita Chandraseka, Rosa Price, Maria Calinescu, Francesca Weeks, Emma Hall, Mia Watanabe, Elizabeth Huang, Laura Oosterbeek, Alessandro M. Rubin, Jun Pang, Xanthe Fuller, Linn Amalie Møystad, Evelyn Whorrall-Campbell, Ronan Marron, Savannah Adeniyan, Sarah Howden, Tessa Callendar, Freya Patty, India Harris, Amiya Nagpal, Katy Lewis Hood, Amy Faulkner, Olivia Fletcher, Alexander Gingell, Shefali Kharabanda, Rachel Lewis, Marjam Lohne, Adam Thelwall, Jemima Moore, Laurie Lewis, Jamie Patel, Nick Hitchcock.
Lest we forget.