Author: Holly Peckitt

Books Editor | 20-21 Travel Editor | 19-20

Photo by Steve Daniels (CC BY-SA 2.0) In a year of uncertainty, books have been a great comfort, solace and source of hope to us all. Alongside the wealth of books published over the past couple of months, a whole museum dedicated to our beloved tomes has been given a new lease of life. The Story Museum in Oxford re-opened on 24th October to much celebration, both locally and nationally, as previously featured on BBC News. A long-awaited renovation of the museum, which first opened in 2003, had to be suspended due to the UK Covid-19 lockdown; but now after…

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Photo by Neven Krcmarek (CC-by-SA 4.0) It’s officially spooky season, and although we’d all love to spend this time having film nights with friends or exploring forbidden places, this year is certainly different to our usual Halloweens. Whether you’re confined to your flat or need a distraction from our chaotic world, gothic literature is always at its best in the autumn, when the leaves are dry, air is cold, and the days begin with an eerie mist rising. Grab a hot drink, a blanket, and dim the lights; our top five gothic recommendations will keep you cosy and on the…

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As October dawns upon us, we may be thinking about one key event this month: Halloween. And while we do love Halloween here at Seren, we know that there is something more important in October: Black History Month. Following the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, we want to show you that Black History Month is not just this month, but every month. Now more than ever, it is so important to diversify our reading; to learn more about experiences and to hear the stories stemming from voices beyond our own. If you want to become more aware, as…

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Image from Unsplash.com, (CC-by-SA 4.0) So you’ve arrived at University. Your bags are unpacked, you’ve met your new flatmates and you’ve found out when the bins are taken out. In other words, you’re all set! Whilst University involves a lot of reading and wider reading as part of your studies, amongst making new friends, joining societies, staying in touch with your loved ones at home and keeping on top of work, it can be hard to make time for reading for pleasure. Even the most unsociable student has a busy life! Bookworms always find this a big shock to the…

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Photo by Lotteszka at Pxhere.com (CC0) By the time autumn comes around with crisp chilly air and falling leaves, the hushed whispers of Christmas begin to emerge. While this is certainly a year different from any other in living memory, the retail industry is now rather inconspicuously promoting the latest Christmas deals. The publishing industry does not escape this, and thus behold Super Thursday… Super Thursday typically occurs on the first Thursday of October, i.e., in this case, it would have been 1st October 2020. However, due to the elephant in the room that is the Coronavirus Pandemic, this was…

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Bangor University confirmed yesterday that a Ffriddoedd Village resident has tested positive for COVID-19 and is now self-isolating. This is the first officially confirmed case of Coronavirus in the university’s halls of residence. The University has also recorded three other cases in private accomodation. This is not cause for panic, but a reminder that we must all maintain our university’s dedication to Covid-19 safety guidelines together. The Ffriddoedd resident tested positive this week. Everyone else in the flat has also been tested, and all are now awaiting results in isolation. Just weeks after students have returned to Bangor following a long…

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Image by Unsplash, CC-by-SA 4.0 Welcome to Bangor University! If you’re new, I hope you have a wonderful academic experience, and be assured that you’ve come to the right place for just that! If you’re a returning student – how lovely to see you again! Whether you’re old or new, after what has been a hectic year, we’re all going to be adjusting to life back on campus (and in our University bedrooms). No doubt this will be a shock to the system for us all, but to help you get reacquainted with University life, or to have a literary…

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It’s a rather miserable time isn’t it? Whilst as travel editor I cannot recommend any travel abroad, I can tell you about where you can escape to during our current health crisis. Unless you are self-isolating, social distancing can still involve going out into nature, so long as you keep two meters between you and anyone else. Cafes, restaurants, and concert venues may be shut, but if you’re feeling restless staying inside and avoiding the outside world, nature is never off limits. The National Trust have certainly confirmed this with their latest statement regarding the Covid-19 pandemic. As places…

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It’s the beginning of a new decade, and with the world slowly falling into apocalyptic territory, we’re all fancying an escape from everyday life into somewhere new. The discovery of a new oasis might sound idyllic, but Brexit combined with a student budget makes travelling financially difficult at the best of times. As prices rise, we’re all looking for ways to save money beyond 10% off at Peacocks, and to make our money go further when we explore the wider world, so here are a few tips to get your student loan to last a little longer and find your…

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Let’s be serious, the majority of you have probably been to Chester at some point in your degree. And if not, then you may be solely familiar with the train station and its passing point of connecting to the Holyhead line. But this is a city that beckons for more. Shakespeare’s phrase “and though she be but little, she is fierce ” perhaps best epitomises Chester; small in scale, yet containing immense depth in its layered history. ` Getting There: Great news! Although Chester is over the border into England, it’s incredibly cheap to get there for the day! With…

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For the bookworms among us, nothing sounds as joyful as the thought of escaping into the worlds of our favourite books. Whilst we have Hogwarts right on our doorstep with Main Arts, the urge to visit the worlds we love is palpable, and sometimes requires more than thumbing through dog-eared pages of our well-read tomes. In many cases, though often further afield, some universally favourite books are rooted in our own world and, in their heritage and fame, have reconstructed the landscapes around them into perfect places to visit. In the post-Christmas blues, we’re all craving some distraction from the…

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It is a fine art that is mastered by many few: packing to go home for  the Christmas holidays. The textbooks to be lugged across the country, the clothing supply list to make sure you’ve got enough socks when you return, and those pesky forgettable objects that you’ll kick yourself for if they’re forgotten. The thought of arriving home and being reunited with our families is always thrilling, especially at this time of year when everything grows festive, but the preparation to even set off itself can be daunting. Travel, packing, work, deadlines, making sure your flat or house is…

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Maybe I’m rather biased, but as a Mancunian, I believe that Manchester is an unmissable spot in the UK. You’ll probably discover during your time at Bangor that a lot of us are from Manchester (hello there, fellow Mancunians!) – because for us, Bangor is in the perfect location only a direct train from home! The nearest big city to Bangor, whether you’re British or international, it’s certainly somewhere worth making a journey to, especially at this time of year! By the age of twenty, my feet are molded to the shape of Mancunian stone and concrete walkways. Of…

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Though there’s a common association of summer holidays with jetting off abroad, there is also great joy in staying put on home turf. If you’re here for a semester, a year, or your entire degree, a country is opening up before you, and now is the time to take a look around (after submitting assignments, of course!). Between sleeping, reading, and spending time with family and friends, I spent my summer covering uncharted territory in Eastern England, concluding with a family mini-break to the North East. Though further afield from Bangor, the North East is an alternative to visiting the bustling cities of Britain, largely untouched…

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