On order of St Eutychus: a desk.

by Anna Blanch on March 17, 2010

I’ve finally gotten round to responding to Nathan’s office desk meme. He says he tagged me because he thinks my desk – being a professional student and all – might be inspiring. I dunno about that. I think my desk probably looks like just about every other…. Then again, I guess that’s for you to decide.

Though you can’t see from these pictures, I share this great office space, known as the Duncan Room, with four other PhD students. It’s a great space that overlooks an ancient gate known as Priorsgate. 

Here’s my desk. Before you think me oh-so-neat, Idecided that I should come clean and say that this is in “after” shot. After i had tidied up a little.

            BEFORE                                                                  AFTER

 Enough of the desk! Let’s take a look at the other side….

Here’s a close-up of that bookshelf!  This is about – oh, i don’t know – probably only 4-5% of the books I own. The rest are – thanks to my long-suffering parents – in a shipping container at their place. To their credit, my books managed to weigh down said container and stop it flipping over during a massive storm they had early last year. The temporary – think building site – office building next door was not so lucky, taking my fridge and untold other items with it. Whether my books were okay was the very next question behind whether anyone was hurt. It’s a very good thing they, literally, weigh a tonne.

 Just because – here’s some closeups of some of the postcards and emphemera that make the space interesting and just a little mine. I don’t have lots of personal items. But i like pictures and postcards as art to inspire.


See that empty space – send me a postcard and it’ll fill those gaps!

I know some might be interested – here’s a pile of the books on my desk I’m reading right now.

Inspirational? blah? You tell me!

Anna Blanch is founder of Goannatree, and a PhD student in the Institute of Theology, Imagination, and the Arts at St Mary’s College, University of St Andrews, Scotland.

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