Keeping up the spirit

First lines and haiku

Paul Stephenson recently shared some potential first lines, for ‘free writing’ of poetry, short fiction, or maybe even your next article. Start with one of these, and see where it takes you.

‘It was a sunny Thursday afternoon and…

‘I’d just sent off my article when there was a…

‘After I gave up teaching, I started…

‘I answered the phone and a voice said…

‘After 8 hours on Zoom my…

‘What nobody admits about working from home is…

‘When this is all over I’m going to finally…


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Lockdown coffee picture contest ends

In March, students and staff could send in their pictures of how they enjoy their coffee (or tea) during lockdown and win a Bandito gift voucher.

See below for the last pictures we received this week and the winning picture!


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Poetry, picture and art contest continues

In the first Quarantine Spring, we produced many limericks, starting with ‘there once was a student[tutor] on zoom’. That line helped us to reflect on the sometimes funny side of our early online educational experiences. Charlotte Lenhard (BA European Studies) has now taken that opening line and done something else, reflecting on how much longer we have been here and a different meaning of ‘breakout room’.

For me, it was particularly evocative as I too have neighbours who have been renovating their house for many months. And one day, the drill did come through our party wall.


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Send us your lockdown coffee picture and win a Bandito gift voucher!

We all miss Bandito, its great staff members, empowering coffee, delicious soups and heartwarming cookies. We hope we will be able to visit Bandito again soon.

In the meantime, send us your pictures of how you enjoy your coffee or tea at home during lockdown. We will be handing out a Bandito gift voucher to the most original picture we receive once every week in the month March – next week is the last week we will be doing this! Send in your pictures to communications-fasos@maastrichtuniversity.nl.

See below for the pictures we received this week and the winning picture!


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Activities for students

Tired of watching Netflix all day? Tried out all recipes in your cookbook? Not in the mood to knit another scarf? Then join one of the many activities UM organises for students!

For an overview of activities, see here.

Poetry, picture and art contest continues

On 21 March, the Polish poet Adam Zagajewski passed away, having only a few days before taken part in the Scottish International Poetry Festival online.

Below you can find his poem ‘Transformation’ to inspire you. The poem simply begins ‘I haven’t written a single poem / in months’…..which explores what he has been doing instead. Perhaps you can use that same line as an opening and write your own poem in response. What have you been doing the last few weeks when you haven’t been writing a poem, or essay, or thesis?

In the meantime, have a look at this beautiful painting made by Sarah Anschütz on her iPad. You can still send in your your art, photos, poems and short fiction (both staff and students!) to Sally (sally.wyatt@maastrichtuniversity.nl).


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Poetry, picture and art contest continues

This week’s poem by Lea Beiermann (History Department) reminded me of what Sir Philip Sydney (English poet, 1554-1586) said about the purpose of poetry, ‘to instruct and to delight’. Lea conjures up the power of language and words, and reminds us of the importance of learning, of embodiment and of nature.

Keep sending your art, photos, poems and short fiction (both staff and students!) to Sally (sally.wyatt@maastrichtuniversity.nl).


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Send us your lockdown coffee picture and win a Bandito gift voucher!

We all miss Bandito, its great staff members, empowering coffee, delicious soups and heartwarming cookies. We hope we will be able to visit Bandito again soon.

In the meantime, send us your pictures of how you enjoy your coffee or tea at home during lockdown. We will be handing out a Bandito gift voucher to the most original picture we receive once every week in the month March. Send in your pictures to communications-fasos@maastrichtuniversity.nl.

See below for the pictures we received this week and the winning picture!


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Send us your lockdown coffee picture and win a Bandito gift voucher!

We all miss Bandito, its great staff members, empowering coffee, delicious soups and heartwarming cookies. We hope we will be able to visit Bandito again soon.

In the meantime, send us your pictures of how you enjoy your coffee or tea at home during lockdown. We will be handing out a Bandito gift voucher to the most original picture we receive once every week in the month March. Send in your pictures to communications-fasos@maastrichtuniversity.nl.

See below for the pictures we received this week and the winning picture! And a special message from Bandito’s own Diënne.


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Poetry, picture and art contest continues

As we mark the one-year anniversary of the first lockdown in the Netherlands, let’s remember some of the suggestions that were being made about how we could spend our time.

There were reminders that Shakespeare wrote ‘King Lear’ and ‘MacBeth’ during an outbreak of the bubonic plague at the beginning of the 17th century. It was also suggested (wrongly) that Newton made some of his breakthroughs in calculus later that century during another outbreak of the plague.


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