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The ERA blog – all those things we think are interesting enough to comment on or chat about. Read it and find out what we’ve been up to!

Living Under the Bell Jar

Tragedy is a word that many think is overused—or misused—in the media today. In the case of Sylvia Plath, however,… Read more

Happy Birthday NHS

On 5 July, the National Health Service will be celebrating its 70th birthday. For most British people today, life (or… Read more

Teaching the Holocaust

Most students in the UK study the Holocaust at some point, usually as part of KS3 History, citizenship or religious… Read more

The Write Stuff

Great writing has inspired some great film-making and broadcasting. And with the bicentenary of Emily Bronte’s birth looming, we will… Read more

Bowie Night

Two years after the untimely death of one of popular culture’s greatest icons, the BBC is dusting off a couple… Read more

Modernising the classics

There’s been a distinct loosening of literary corsets in terms of film and TV adaptations of literary works in recent… Read more

Death of a Salesman

We never find out what Willy Loman has spent his life selling in Arthur Miller’s examination of the American Dream… Read more

Robot Wars

Three …two …one…ACTIVATE! A new series of Robot Wars is starting on Saturday (8 pm BBC2), and geeks, budding engineers,… Read more

Music Treats

It’s a treat of a weekend for classical music lovers and students, who should set their recorders in advance  if… Read more

Upstart Crow

“…there is an upstart crow, beautified with our feathers, that, with his Tygers heart wrapt in a Players hide, supposes… Read more

The Handmaid’s Tale

For those who missed The Handmaid’s Tale when it first aired on Channel 4, there is a welcome re-run on… Read more


He died in 1988, at the age of 27 after a short, but fast and furious life of painting, partying,… Read more