General Franco: Europe’s Forgotten Dictator?

Regional differences were oppressed by banning the use of languages such as Catalan and Basque,

On Women’s Writing

Over the years there have been different distinctions in relation to women’s writing regarding their topics of interest, style and the never-ending comparison to prominent men’s work of each era.

The History behind Catalonia’s Claim

The Catalan language was suppressed, with its poets and writers imprisoned and its press closed down. It is the children of grandparents and parents who lived through these times who form the backbone of today’s Catalonian Independence movement. 

Quenching your Wanderlust through Reading

‘Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.’ I always think of that quote whenever I am reading—all the time—and I can’t find anything else that makes me happier. It is true that reality must overtake imagination and wish, because unfortunately you can’t live off those two things alone, […]

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Spanish Halloween: Witches, Saints and The Day of the Dead

While British children are enjoying the fruits of their Trick or Treating the night before, Spanish children (and their parents) have their own special cakes and sweets which are traditional to All Saints’ Day.

On finding pleasure in Literature’s Macabre

A genre, an era, a defining moment in Gothic history… 

Is Social Media worth it?

Social media has changed all our lives. Facebook now has 1.8 billion active users – a quarter of the world’s population.


Why do we like a scary story?

From a scientific perspective, our bodies are always on the lookout for danger. When we are afraid, we go into a state which, although unsettling and frightening, also gives us an adrenalin rush


Carving a path through Peaceful Protest

The 20th century was one of the most violent periods in human history. An estimated 191 million people lost their lives directly or indirectly as a result of conflict, and well over half of them were civilians.

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