Project London

Galeries Bartoux

Whilst on my adventure in Christmassy London last weekend, I accidentally stumbled across an art gallery and I can unashamedly admit it was love at first sight. Having been to numerous art galleries over the years, this one undoubtedly set itself apart from the rest by being effortlessly classy. The gallery displayed prestigious externalisations of contemporary art surrounding the concepts of realism, surrealist and street art, ranging from sculptures to paintings and murals.

The shockingly hidden gallery was empty when we walked in, and we soon realised that these works of art were not simply to be admired but to be bought as well. Unfortunately, I wasn’t allowed to take pictures of everything I fell in love with but the owners did let me take a few snaps of the pieces that enticed loud gasps (which I most certainly do not regret.)

From my understanding of the relatively new company, this gallery on Bond Street is their newest one yet, with galleries situated across the globe in America, Singapore and it’s birthplace – Paris. I highly recommend giving it a visit; it’s art like no other.

All photos below are my own!

A x

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Original Poetry, Project London

Underground

I thought I’d give you all an insight into how I came about writing this poem before I uploaded it meaninglessly!

Recently, I’ve been travelling an awful lot more than I used to and thus, I have more time to just watch people go about their days. Travelling on the tube in London is the best inspiration for a poem; you can write about virtually anything and everything 🙂 I wrote this as a passenger and a poet, but also an observer.

Within the veins
of this city,
barely visible,
tracing the surface,
we are all but,
yet ironically remain 
people-watchers
and observers
of life.
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Original Writing

University Update: September 2015!

My second year has well and truly begun! Gone are the days of being a fresher wondering around the terrifyingly large alien world of a university campus, alone and scared with a tortoise shell of books on my back. 🙂

I am happy to say I’m absolutely loving being back at uni. I’m not even ashamed to admit how much I’ve missed studying and shoving my nose into a play or two. Analysis, as nearly everyone knows, is my forte and I’m so happy to be doing something I love on a daily basis – once again, I am overjoyed and super glad to be studying literature.

For those of you who are new to my world or have forgotten, I’m studying English literature at Roehampton University in London. Thankfully, my modules are incredibly more enjoyable this semester. (well, they were chosen by me ;)) The modules I’m studying are:

Early Modern Literature – Everything from Lyly to Shakespeare

Reading the Digital – Exploring the internet and how it interlinks with literature and society

Origins and Development of Children’s Literature – Pretty self explanatory!

The Digital module is even more exciting for me as one assignment piece is to complete a blog piece! Not only will I have a shining opportunity to share my previous work and prized website to my lecturers but I’ll be able to give you all a glimpse into my university life! (Repetitive exclamatives underlining my intense enthusiasm here.)

It’s great to be back in an environment which encourages your skills and for me is essentially a hobby. The summer break was a long 6 months; the first two were a blur of stress and determination to complete my final assignments by the deadline, whilst being drugged up on codeine to take the pain of my pancreatitis away. I can’t decide whether it was a blessing or a curse, being on medication during the most crucial period of my year. The four months following this were consumed by my job, working all day, everyday, right up until the day before I jetted off to Paris. A week later, I jetted off to Dubai, and returned unfortunately on my first day back! It was the best summer I’ve had so far, to say in the least, and I’m so glad I was productive. It feels odd and slightly empty not to be working anymore, but I’m hoping a part time job will come my way soon enough.

My days at uni are short and packed: three days a week, finishing at 5pm or 1pm. On the latter finishes, I tend to find a little cafe and study for the following week. (can you see my determination yet?)

This year is crucial for me: it’ll determine the amount of hard work I need to put in next year and my health is rather fragile as of late, meaning it really is make or break! Fingers crossed, I’m looking at the prospect of what this year will bring me with positivity and excitement. Roehampton continues to surpass my expectations by offering me terrific lecturers and even better content. I’m one week in and loving every second already.

Ciao for now,

A x

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Project London

Camden Town

Every town in London is so beautifully lit up at this time of year!

I’ve been visiting Camden for about two years now, and from the market to the food stalls, to the tattoo parlous and the packed streets at night, it is one of my favourite parts of London to visit.

Camden High Street

Camden High Street

Camden Lock

Camden Lock

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Project London

Christmas In London!

I don’t think there is anything more beautiful than the city of London during the festive period. The atmosphere buzzes with excitement and tourism as Christmas draws closer by each day, and although the crowds get bigger, there is nowhere else I’d rather spend Christmas than in my home city. A truly spectacular sight at night, too.

Panoramic view of Oxford Street

Panoramic view of Oxford Street

Outside Selfridges, Oxford Street

Outside Selfridges, Oxford Street

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Virginia Woolf

‘Books are the mirrors of the soul’

I believe in this quote, in all it’s entirety. The books we choose to read and the books we fall in love with are the books which shape our identity, define us. A true reflection of our soul.

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