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Alice Matthews–The Human Experience

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In the heart of Shropshire, the medieval town of Shrewsbury lies nestled in a wide loop of the River Severn: a labyrinth of Tudor streets and alleyways littered with beautiful, unique churches and shops. It is the home of Charles Darwin and Wilfred Owen, the setting of Ellis Peters’ novel Brother Cadfael, and site of the school which cultivated the witty minds of Willie Rushton and Michael Palin. It is also my home. Shrewsbury is where I was born, and where I now live with my partner and my 7 week old son.

I am currently studying English Literature and hope to continue this at university. My interest in literature spreads across all media, as journalists, filmmakers, novelists and artists all strive to make their opinions heard. Futuristic films or books often issue a warning, showing results of scientists “playing God” or politicians corrupt with power. Books like Fight Club or Heart of Darkness explore a part of human nature that we wouldn’t like to admit the existence of. Others discuss religion, drugs, even love, and all try to explain their experience. Writing is about giving yourself a voice, and this is mine.

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