Year 11 Writer Claire McLeod presents the first three chapters of her long-awaited novel…

The following three chapters of text come from a fantasy/dystopian novel that Claire McLeod in Year 11 is busy writing, and has written for most of the last calendar year.  Enjoy.   Chapter x Alex woke up and groaned. When you get a knock on the door at 2am in the morning, it almost certainly …

Brooklyn 99 Review: Doughnuts and Bad Guys and how not to view your local police officers…

Many see the Brooklyn 99 series as “that one Andy Samburg cop comedy”; however, it's so much more than that. You may be thinking that this series is far too long winded to be interesting and comedic although having taken the time to watch it, I can assure you that it only gets better. With …

La La Land Review: This star-studded spectacle will leave you soaring

Fans of song, dance and Hollywood’s Golden Age are sure to fall in love with ‘La La Land’. Taking inspiration from classics such as ‘Casablanca’ and ‘Rebel Without A Cause’, this film is a modern-day celebration of dreams. Exploring the treacherous worlds of acting and love, Damien Chazelle’s latest spectacle is one you can’t afford …

Pride and Prejudice: a review. It is a truth universally acknowledged (that this book is great).

  Over the last year, I have read Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice an obscene amount of times. Without a doubt, it is my favourite literary classic of all time; I fell ardently in love with it as soon as I picked it up for it’s modern, fresh feel, sublime characterisation and delightful interpretation of …

The Christmas Tree

The loft rests quiet and still in the night. Boxes lay hushed and hidden out of sight. Decorations sit, itching to return. Patience is needed, waiting must be learned.   Summer rolls on slowly, bit by bit. Ornaments become bored as they sit. Dreaming of music and candles and bells, They are craving those distinct …

Shadows

She stumbled across the rough rocks, and looked around apprehensively. Out of the corner of her eye, Alex saw, just for a moment, a creature shoot across her eyeline. Shrinking into the shadows, her right hand crept subconsciously into her jacket, where cold metal greeted it. Smiling grimly, she withdrew her hand, all the while …

Sacrifice

Calum ran what seemed like as fast as was humanly possible away from the building, but they were still catching up. He had been spying, but they’d found him, and killed his partner, Dan. Now he was next in line, unless he could get back over that wall. That would take luck as well as …