Writing

Greatest Closing Lines In Literature

Something I’ve started paying greater attention to lately is the closing lines in various novels and poems. I always find that in the greatest pieces of literary work, the closing lines are the ones that really pack a punch. Below are some of my favourite closing lines in literature from the novels and poems I’ve […]

The ‘Real Rape’ Myth

This article originally appeared in the University Observer, Volume X on 30th October 2013. With almost 90% of sexual assaults in Ireland being committed by someone known to the victim, Patrick Kelleher examines the origins of the ‘real rape’ myth and how society can overcome it The ‘real rape’ myth has existed for a long […]

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro – Review

Life has been getting in the way of a lot of things recently for me. One of those things has been reading, which has further been discouraging me from writing. After all, my blogs are more or less based around books, and ideas I’ve gotten from books. As I’ve been doing less of this than […]

Jane Eyre: An Early Feminist or Weak-Willed Victim?

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte is one of the most famous novels in print today. It is studied across schools and universities around the world, and has had countless film adaptations made of it. Most people seem to think of Jane Eyre as being somewhere in the realm of romance; they see it as a […]

The First Draft Syndrome

If you’ve ever made any kind of attempt at creative writing, you probably know the infamous first draft syndrome. Most writers will suffer from it at some point, and it usually comes after they’ve written anything – whether that be a short story, a novel a poem or anything else. I have been suffering from […]

In Defence of Slytherin

If you’ve ever read JK Rowling’s now famous Harry Potter series, you’ll probably know a lot about the universe she constructed, where wizards and witches attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and learn magic. There are four houses that students can be sorted into when they arrive at Hogwarts; these are Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff […]

Is Austerity Really Working?

This article originally appeared in the University Observer on 16th April 2013. It emerged recently that it is not just Irish people who are unhappy with the snail paced reform seen since 2008, when recession first set in; the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the European Commission have also expressed concern. According to a leaked […]