As part of my Master’s degree in English literature I have completed a module on the text, culture and theory of the modernist period. As part of this we delivered a presentation as a group on the history of St Paul’s Cathedral, researching and forming an aesthetically pleasing and comprehensible PowerPoint presentation. In my cinema during the First and Second World Wars module, my written task was on literary adaptations such as The Pianist by Roman Polanski; The Grand Budapest Hotel by Wes Anderson, and Le Silence de la Mer by Jean-Pierre Melville. I am currently taking a module on life writing of the eighteenth century, uncovering a wealth of information on travel writing, my favourite being Lady Mary Wortley Montagu’s ‘The Turkish Embassy Letters’. I have additionally been taking a module titled ‘Twentieth Century City,’ for which I have studied the literature, film and art of various cities such as London, New York and Paris. For this module I am currently researching how fictive languages shape the non-places found in China Mièville’s ‘The City & the City,’ and Anthony Burgess’ ‘A Clockwork Orange.’ I am excited to begin my dissertation on the audience response to the character of Sweeney Todd throughout his many representations, starting with the original penny dreadful in 1846, and concluding with Tim Burton’s version of Todd in 2007.
At Now or Never Books, an online bookstore, I catalogue academic and rare books, putting them on to the Seller Engine and Homebase databases. I have also been given the responsibility of writing descriptions for rare and valuable books, an interesting task enabling me to learn more about literature, art and history, and how to market these facsimiles to others.
As the Year one teacher at Rayder, a Sunday Hebrew school, I am responsible for introducing the children to, and finding creative ways to teach the Hebrew alphabet as well as the Jewish festivals. I have done this by taking them on a virtual flight to Israel at Passover, as well as making letters out of pretzels and marshmallows, enabling me to teach them about blessings on food as well. I plan every week’s class in advance, e-mailing the plan to the head teacher. I also set the children reading homework, and make sure they are progressing as they should be.
During my work experience placement at Literary Review I was given fascinating insight, as I was responsible for fact-checking a number of articles based on Leo Tolstoy; Daesh; the Battle of the Bulge, amongst other topics. I additionally formatted the text, making them ready for editing, and helped with general administrative duties such as answering and making phone calls.
In this placement I helped cook the food for a photo shoot, featuring in the May issue of Good Food. I was also given the opportunity to edit interviews and reviews for the Summer issues, and was entrusted with writing a review for Theo Randall’s cookbook, ‘My Simple Italian,’ which was featured in the April issue. I additionally completed various admin jobs, such as sorting through newspaper clippings on a daily basis, as well as responding to readers’ questions via e-mail and helping them locate recipes.
This placement saw me putting together a treatment for a web-series on health and dieting, as well as researching and compiling a list of potential guests for a new comedy talk show for television. In addition to this I helped compile information on designers and models for the British Fashion Awards, as well as collate this into an easy-to-use folder for the event.
As a runner on a one-day set for a television advert for a supermarket, I helped carry equipment and show the cast where they needed to be, as well as providing them and the crew with constant refreshments throughout the day. I was responsible for locking and unlocking the gates to the park in which we were filming in London, and returning to base with the footage that had been taken. In addition to this, I shadowed the director throughout filming, timing the length of the footage.
During my time at Empire I was entrusted with transcribing recorded interviews including some with Linda Woolverton on her Maleficent script. This generated my deep fascination in the writing process. I completed these transcribing tasks to short and strict deadlines.
A placement in which I had the opportunity of assisting with photography shoots in a green screen studio and tended to clients using the studio. I assisted photographers, holding up various parts of lighting equipment, as I was inspired by their perseverance for obtaining the perfect shot. I was also responsible for creating and developing designs for concert posters, and Christmas annuals, as well as helping with general admin.
Modernist English Literature
First Class Honours in Film Studies, containing literary modules