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WMSF ‘Truth to Nature’ Anthology Competition: Winners Announced!

We have made a decision about the winners of our Anthology Competition! We’re delighted to announce that the winners are:


1st Place: “Creatures of the Deep Abyss” by Joshua GoodsteinFront Cover Page

2nd Place: “Infatuation” by Kaysha-Marcell Powlette

3rd Place: “Truth to Nature” by Mercy Ashenafi

Short Stories:

1st Place: “Identity” by Dinah Bennett

2nd Place: “Calibre” by Carlo Di Giammarino

3rd Place: “Reminiscing” by Lutfia Mustafaev


Winner: William Morris Portrait by A1 Fine Arts Class

We’d like to thank you all for your entries – the judges really had a hard time choosing our winners because we had such a wide range of entries and topics. All of the entries showed great skill and imagination, and were a pleasure to read.

Remember, whether you’re a winner or not, ALL entries will be included in the professionally bound anthology – which will be available both to borrow in the LRC and to buy for a small price.

Congratulations to our winners – and thank you to all our entrants for your wonderful work!



WMSF ‘Truth to Nature’ Anthology Competition

WMSF is hosting a Creative Anthology Competition for all students!

The theme is ‘Truth to Nature’ – a quote from our namesake, William Morris.

You can interpret this theme however you wish

We are accepting entries for Short Stories (2000 word limit), Poetry (40 Line Limit) and Artwork/Photography

There’s no strict structure – you can submit fiction, non-fiction, poetry, songs – whatever you enjoy writing!

All entries will be included in an WMSF Anthology which will be available to borrow in the LRC or to purchase for a small price.

The winner of the Artwork/Photography Category will have their artwork as the front cover!

Cash prizes for Short Stories and Poetry Categories: 1st – £75 Westfield Voucher plus a free copy of the anthology, 2nd – £50 Westfield Voucher, 3rd – £25 Westfield Voucher

1st Place Art Category£75 Westfield Voucher plus a free copy of the anthology

You can enter up to 5 pieces of work for each category – please send your entries to igrimshaw@wmsf.ac.uk in a word document, pdf or image file with clear titles for each piece.


For more information, please ask in the LRC!Izzy Competition Poster 1


Poetry Q&A with Bridget Minamore and Anthony Anaxagorou

To celebrate National Poetry Day on the 11th of October the LRC hosted a Q&A with poets Bridget Minamore and Anthony Anaxagorou after a poetry reading from them both at William Morris Sixth Form. Students who came to the Q&A were able to find out first hand what life is like as a poet, including how they began their careers as poets and where they get their inspiration from. They also got a unique insight into the life of a journalist as Bridget also writes columns for publications such as The Guardian. Many thanks to them both for coming in and giving us the opportunity to talk to real, young poets from London.

Take a look at their poetry online:



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Black History Month – October 2017

This October is Black History Month, a month celebrating, recognising and valuing the inspirational individuals and events from within the BME communities.

During Black History Month, we remember and celebrate the important people from the past and also who contribute to and help our society today. This year marks the 30th anniversary of Black History Month.

Here in the LRC there are hundreds of great black authors and poets who have contributed so much to our society.

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Here’s just a few of the amazing black authors you can find here in the LRC – check our display in the group study area or ask us  for more black literature recommendations.

zadie smithZadie Smith

Novelist Zadie Smith was born in North London in 1975 to an English father and a Jamaican mother. She read English at Cambridge, graduating in 1997.white teeth zadie smith

Her acclaimed first novel, White Teeth (2000), is a vibrant portrait of contemporary multicultural London, told through the story of three ethnically diverse families. The book won a number of awards and prizes, including the Guardian First Book Award, the Whitbread First Novel Award, and the Commonwealth Writers Prize (Overall Winner, Best First Book).


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Born in Kingston, Jamaica, poet Claudia Rankine earned a BA at Williams College and an MFA at Columbia University. Rankine has published several collections of poetry, including Citizen: An American Lyric (2014), a finalist for the National Book Award and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry, the PEN Center USA Poetry Award, and the Forward poetry prize. Her work often crosses genres as it tracks wild and precise movements of mind. Noting that “hers is an art neither of epiphany nor story,” critic Calvin Bedient observed that “Rankine’s style is the sanity, but just barely, of the insanity, the grace, but just barely, of the grotesqueness.”

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Ralph Ellison

Ralph Ellison was a 20th century African-American ralph ellisonwriter and scholar best known for his renowned, award-winning novel Invisible Man which became seen as a seminal work on marginalization from an African-American protagonist’s perspective.

“If the Negro, or any other writer, is going to do what is expected of him, he’s lost the battle before he takes the field. I suspect that all the agony that goes into writing is borne precisely because the writer longs for acceptance—but it must be acceptance on his own terms.”

—Ralph Ellison

Book Junction Event


On Tuesday 22nd February the LRC hosted the book junction event with award winning author Bali Rai. Students’ who attended the workshop were treated to a creative writing session where they gained insight into how to create their own stories.

You can find a range of Bali Rai’s book here in the LRC.


Items added to the collection over the past 35 days


We are taking your resource requests!

We are buying resources for the final purchases of this year and are taking your requests! Please contact the LRC either in person or by emailing the author/director and title details to lrcdept@wmsf.ac.uk before 26.01.16.   It is always an idea to check the LRC catalogue to make sure that we don’t already have a copy in stock!

LRC Team


 Citation and bibliography software


Bibme is a free bibliography and citation generator that will save you a great deal of time in compiling any bibliographies for your work. It will also create parenthetical citations that you can add to the main body of an essay i.e. (Gallagher, 2015, p12).  In three easy steps you can;

  1.  Choose your style, Citation Machine supports Harvard Referencing
  2. Then make your selection from the list of search results
  3. Edit information and create a citation for your works cited or bibliography


Google Cultural Institute

Google has teamed up with many of the Worlds leading museums and galleries to provide access to a fantastic range of art and craft images and information.  The level of detail for the photography is such that you can see the individual brushstrokes on paintings such as Brueghel’s The Tower of Babel!  See below.

A brilliant site for Visual Arts students, indeed for anyone with an interest in the material cultures of humanity. Remember we have thousands of Art books just search the catalogue here to find out what we hold.

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Exciting new addition to our Athens database collection!

The LRC is very pleased to announce that we now provide access to JSTOR!

The database is available from Athens and provides links to thousands of journal titles, covering 50 plus subjects.  This site would benefit A1-A2 students, especially those completing the Extended Project Qualification and staff trying to access pedagogical research.  If you have any questions please contact a member of the LRC team.


TED talks on YouTube

If you have not had the opportunity to take a look at TED then you don’t know what you are missing!

TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.

Mind map software

Mind mapping is an excellent way to release ideas, build connections and structure arguments or presentations. Bubbl us is a great online mind mapping software that I use on a regular basis. Registering for a free account allows you to create and save up to four mind maps.


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Athens database login

JURN – academic search engine

JURN: search over 4,000 arts & humanities ejournals.