Me = Artist?

by Anna Blanch on April 26, 2011

A couple of months I was talking with Jez Carr and Miriam Jones (after Miriam’s awesome St Andrews gig) about what it means to be an artist. Jez asked me what I was interested in. I talked about my writing, about my photography, about people and their stories. I admitted that I struggled with taking […]


Role Models, Restlessness and moving beyond Naivety

by Anna Blanch on April 19, 2011

There was a certain amount of pointlessness that was compounded by a feeling of being trapped. The pointlessness came from having enough experience in the job to recognise that it wasn’t as satisfying as I thought it would be. You naively make assumptions about a specific career path. Then you get to that point where […]

{ 1 comment }

No Christianity Please, We’re Academics

by Anna Blanch on July 30, 2010

A must read piece today by Timothy Larsen in Inside Higher Ed on Academics, Faith and Discrimination, titled, “No Christianity Please, We’re Academics”


An Anti-gravity Superpower. That’s right, i’m an Academic Superhero (so not so much….) and my superhero is the ability to throw all the balls in the air and some how manage to keep them there while trying to hold the rest of my life together. In the UK system there is often a large stretch […]


The Basics: Commenting on Scholar Blogs

by Anna Blanch on July 16, 2010

Sometimes I find myself dashing off a quick comment on a post I’ve read and realise that I probably shouldn’t. That I should have “checked safe” as it were (that’s a firearm metaphor). I suggest that It should be second nature to comment on blogs with a professional attitude, just as we would ask questions […]


Want to become a better writer? Questions to ask.

by Anna Blanch on July 13, 2010

Six questions George Orwell suggests you ask of every sentence you compose: What am I try­ing to say? What words will express it? What image or idiom will make it clearer? Is this image fresh enough to have an effect? Could I put it more shortly? Have I said any­thing that is avoid­ably ugly? This is from […]

{ 1 comment }

gosh, a mission statement?

by Anna Blanch on July 9, 2010

Is it just me or is the idea of a mission statement enough to give you a case of 90s corporatitis?I’ve been slowly working my way through 31 days to building a better blog and this is one of the tasks. It’s funny, because as much as it makes me squirm and feel happy I’ve […]

{ 1 comment }

The Basics: Why Should You Seek to Publish?

by Anna Blanch on July 8, 2010

The Basics consists of general and introductory advice for research tasks and professional development, like using research libraries, reading and notetaking, submitting and presenting conference papers and journal articles. This post considers why you should seek to publish as a (Christian) scholar. One of the fundamental tenets of education in the western world is helping students […]


The worst and best PhD chat-up lines

July 1, 2010

Advertised online: “14 Flirt Lines from a Ph.D.” Seriously, who thinks that’s a good idea? What are they? “You’re the Watson to my Crick?” “Your eyes put me in mind of a top-notch disquisition on Wittgenstein delivered in Düsseldorf last academic year?” Sometimes my friends are pretty funny. This is one of those times where […]

Continue Reading →

The Basics: Essential Archival Research Kit

June 23, 2010

Another post in The Basics series – this time providing advice for what to take with you into the archives or research library. The Essential Kit Readers card Laptop (and chargers/power cord) A pad of paper or research notebook Endnote Pencils, eraser, sharpener Outline of research Business cards Change for lockers, photocopying (though you may […]

Continue Reading →