Short Story: ‘The District Line’ by Anon.

Check out my winning Short Story ‘The District Line’ here:

The Founder x The Orbital Storytelling Competition | Anon.

Daily routine was important to Nick; alarm going off, hitting the snooze button, showering, applying gel to his receding hairline and eating a hearty bowl of All Bran while catching the end of the weather report on Good Morning Britain.

Everyday he would catch the 8:10am train, grabbing a cappuccino from Starbucks. He had it down to the minute. At 8:47 he would arrive at Hornchurch station, allowing 13 minutes to finish his drink and make the steep climb up to the thirteenth floor of Police Headquarters.

Today he caught the 8:15.


A black cat cut across Ella’s path on her way to the tube – she loved cats, she wasn’t superstitious like Mike. Mike had lived with her for nine years now,and he still wouldn’t sleep without leaving a trail of salt around their bed. It used to…

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Storytelling Competition Winners

My creative writing ‘The District Line’ won the Short Story Category.

Cassandra Lau | Editor

Apologies for the suspense as The Founder, The Orbital and our judges have had to make some tough decisions. All pieces submitted were a pleasure to read, and watch. We have had submissions ranging from the Physics Department to the Psychology Department which is incredible! It just goes to show that creativity exists and stretches across every corner of Royal Holloway, and I hope that this competition can continue in the following year with greater structure, and efficiency.

A huge thank you to Dr. Prue Bussey-Chamberlain, and Dr. Doug Cowie from the English Department, and Professor Dan Rebellato from the Drama, Theatre & Dance Department for their time, expertise and feedback.

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Short Story

The District Line, Anon. | Third Year English Literature

Judges’ Comments:

“This is an effective mystery-thriller that builds from the banality of the morning commute and snapshots of apparently random commuters to…

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Barbara Kingsolver ‘Sheltered’ at the Royal Festival Hall

On 12 November, the Southbank Centre hosted award-winning author Barbara Kingsolver in conversation with Samira Ahmed to promote her latest novel, Unsheltered. American novelist, Kingsolver has published fifteen novels, winning multiple awards over the years, including the Orange Prize for her 2009 novel, The Lacuna. Kingsolver began the evening discussing the themes and setting of … Continue reading Barbara Kingsolver ‘Sheltered’ at the Royal Festival Hall

The Adventures of Sue Perkins (not Mel)

On 28 October, comedian, broadcaster, actress and writer, Sue Perkins appeared at the Royal Festival Hall as part of the 2018 London Literature Festival. Leading the conversation on Perkins’s new book, East of Croydon, was her friend and partner Anna Richardson. Perkins is particularly known in Britain for her comic duo with Mel Giedroyc in … Continue reading The Adventures of Sue Perkins (not Mel)

Rushdie and ‘the Joker’ of America

On 23 October, the London Literature Festival at the Southbank Centre hosted the novelist Salman Rushdie in conversation with Erica Wagner on his thirteenth novel, The Golden House. Rushdie is a British Indian novelist, well known for his 1981 novel, Midnight’s Children, which won both the Man Booker Prize during its year of publication. Wagner … Continue reading Rushdie and ‘the Joker’ of America

National Stress Awareness Day: Managing Stress at University

My article concerning National Stress Awareness Day for The Founder!

Designer | Helena Keeble

University can be an extremely stressful time for many students. You are expected to juggle your academic work, fit in exercise, perhaps have a paid job, or two, or three to keep your finances stable, as well as maintain a social life in an already busy term. Finding this balance can be one of the hardest things students have to do during their degree. It is often a detrimental cause to our mental health. People either end up giving up, just turning up to lectures here and there because they cannot cope with managing their time and the increasing stress as deadlines increase and money runs out, or people go into hyper drive, surviving on the minimal sleep possible in order to simply keep their mind and body working so they can get their work in on time, turn up to all their shifts at work…

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Man Booker Prize, 2018

For the last thirteen years The Southbank Centre in London has hosted the Man Booker Prize Readings where the shortlisted authors gather and perform a short reading from their nominated novels before discussing their works with the host and amongst themselves. The Man Booker Prize has recognised and rewarded outstanding worldwide fiction for fifty years … Continue reading Man Booker Prize, 2018

Sebastian Faulks at the Royal Academy

In September the Royal Academy of Arts, London celebrated its 250thAnniversary by hosting The Festival of Ideas, showing off and officially unveiling their newly extended campus displaying their ongoing development as an artistic institution. The Festival of Ideas brought together an array of artists including the musician and artist Goldie, the Waterstones Children’s Laureate Lauren … Continue reading Sebastian Faulks at the Royal Academy