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Beth Proctor

The Map to Happiness: Shrek and Saudade

It’s a word that describes the sudden pang you get for home when you’re on holiday or the wistful feeling of flicking through old childhood photos. It’s about the joy of reminiscing, but also the bittersweet recognition that these moments don’t last.

The Map to Happiness: Sweden and ‘Lagom’

Our version of wild swimming was more Butlins than Bear Grylls, but that was what made it lagom. It was enough but not too much. A perfect balance. 

The Map to Happiness: Hilary Term and The Atlas of Happiness

I realised I slipped slowly into equating “productivity and achievement” with “happiness”, but in actual fact, there was so much more to it than that.

Deconstructing Dr Seuss: the issue of diversity in children’s literature

'After a report in 2020 revealed that only 5% of British children’s books featured a Black or minority ethnic main character, other titles are providing much needed representation.'

“If a book is well written, I always find it too short”: Our Ongoing Love Affair with Pride and Prejudice

"In Being Mr Wickham, Lukis and Curzon have had relatively free reign to develop the titular character, given that Austen doesn’t reveal much about Wickham’s past other than his involvement with Darcy." Beth Proctor discusses the latest left-field adaptation of Jane Austen's classic.

Emma Chamberlain and the changing face of fashion

By embracing the fun in fashion, she inspires her viewers to do the same.