Five Books for Fans of Mythology

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Why have myths and a fascination for mythology stood the test of time? Perhaps because they speak to us on two levels; the spiritual...

Book Review: Cinderella is Dead // Kalynn Bayron

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I picked up Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron as a holiday read. I grew up obsessing over Disney and Cinderella was one of the first films I watched. So a book which retold that story drew me in instantly. I ended up reading it in a day, I simply couldn’t (and didn’t want to) put it down! I’ll never look at classic Cinderella in the same way again.

Celebrating Black Authors: One Book a Day

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Just a few months ago, Black Lives Matter content was everywhere. Educational materials, book recommendations, donations, media attention, commitments to anti-racism. That energy sadly...

The Declaration – A Forgotten Series

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Like most people I’ve bought a lot of new books in recent months. However, instead of reading any of my new purchases I have taken a trip down book memory lane. I spent a week revisiting one of my favourite series The Declaration trilogy by Gemma Malley. Reading it got me thinking about the young adult Dystopian era (I’m classing it from about 2009-2014). There are four months between the publication of The Declaration and the publication of The Hunger Games. One of these trilogies was significantly more successful than the other. I am obviously talking about The Hunger Games. What did The Hunger Games have that made it tower over other dystopian series of the time, and more importantly what does The Declaration lack?

The Revolutionary Muse

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Chuck Klosterman once said, “Art and love are the same things: it's the process of seeing yourself in things that are not you.” Perhaps...

Little Women and the Prevailing Spirit of Jo March

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Passion for the Arts is a feeling many have, especially at the moment, when the Arts can feel so distant. Thus, I recently revisited...

The Author Is Dead; Long Live The Reader

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Any Literature student worth their salt will have Roland Barthes’ 'The Death of the Author' tucked into their back pocket, waiting for it to...

Poem of the Week: This Is It // Leonard Cohen

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This is itI’m not coming after youI’m going to lie down for half an hourThis is itI’m not going downOn your memoryI’m not rubbing...

Remote Reading: Ways To Discover New Reads

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The traditional methods of book browsing and book recommendations are being swapped for online libraries, pdf downloads and even Facebook groups - all remote ways book lovers are discovering to quench their bookish thirst during the pandemic.

September 2020 Book Releases: The Indiependent’s Recommendations

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With September just around the corner, chances are you are ready to delve into your next read admist the crisp autumn air. If summer...

Kate Clanchy’s “Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me”...

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Having left the teaching profession last year, there is a lot in Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me by Kate Clanchy...

Lockdown Reading: Five Novels I Loved

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As Summer is slowly drawing to a close, many of us are gasping a sigh of relief as we edge closer to the end...

Why the Voice of James Baldwin Prevails

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“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”- James BaldwinUpon first reading James Baldwin, I...

The Whitewashing of Literature in the UK Curriculum

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English Literature is a compulsory subject for students across the UK up until the age of sixteen, thus it is not unreasonable to assume...

Female Empowerment Through Literature: Four Must-Reads

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Though literature can provoke and offend, it is likewise capable of acting as a medium of inspiration and empowerment. Among the four books listed below...