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Becca Allen.


Hello, hello, I’m Becca! Almost a year post-graduating from my MA in Medieval and Early Modern Textual Cultures (niche, I know) I am very excited to get writing again. The topsy turvy world of Covid has me unexpectedly living at home again and working as a Teaching Assistant in a primary school just outside Cambridge. Much like almost every person who’s ever once stepped foot in Norwich, studying there had me proper head over heels in love with the city, so I try and find myself back there as much as possible. Through my studies, and just through being an East Anglian from birth, I have a particular affinity with anything arts / cultural / generally interesting happening in this part of the world. I am, however, really quite unfussed about any of the media I consume, which I’m choosing to believe is a good thing...I’m obsessed with podcasts, scrapbooking, and embroidery. I like cooking, pretending I can sew my own clothes, and Lucy and Yak dungarees. I hate that I still sometimes mist my glasses up while wearing a mask, when your phone sensor thing doesn’t recognise your fingerprint, and how often the children at school give me colds.

Your Ultimate Desert Island Disk Track? I had a track in mind, but thought I’d check which is my most played track on Spotify just to confirm. Sure enough, it’s ‘Which Witch’ by Florence + The Machine. I’ve been obsessed with Florence since ‘Lungs’ and am just in love with how this track starts so strong but still manages to build so euphorically throughout as each new layer is added.

If you had to be locked inside one gallery overnight, what would it be and why? Does the British Library count? After volunteering for a few years at the Norfolk Heritage Centre, followed up with an MA for good measure, I am mildly obsessed with everything manuscript culture so would be quite happy to hide away in their archives.

If you could have written one novel, what would it be and why? Probably Grief is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter. Incidentally, this answer also doubles up for the question ‘what was the last book that made you cry?’ Honestly, it’s one of the most powerful things I’ve ever read and I have a lump in my throat just thinking about it - I recommend it to anyone who will let me ramble on about it.

Becca Allen.
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