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Why the Voice of James Baldwin Prevails

“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”– James Baldwin Upon first reading James Baldwin, I was immediately struck by the vibrancy of his writing, his poignant portrayal of racial injustice and his ability to create deeply complex and authentic characters. As a revolutionary writer and […]Read More

Book Review: The Hate U Give// Angie Thomas

George Floyd was killed by a white police officer completely unnecessarily. The uproar caused by his death gave new symbolism to the Black Lives Matter Movement. Seeing the awful circumstances of his death compelled me to read novels and educate myself on the discriminations faced by black people on a daily basis. Taking this into […]Read More

Female Empowerment Through Literature: Four Must-Reads

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 are feminist non-fiction texts focusing on women’s sexuality and menstruation, encouraging female empowerment through education. Come As You Are by Emily Nagoski, Ph.D.  Centred around women’s sexuality, Dr. Emily Nagoski’s […]Read More

Book Review: Queenie // Candice Carty-Williams

In the current climate of increased awareness surrounding the Black Lives Matter movement, Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams is probably already on your radar, but if not, I’m here to tell you why it should be your next read. It has been widely credited as the “next Bridget Jones”, but I think it is so much […]Read More

Book Review: Americanah // Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

For the past month, following the unlawful killing of George Floyd and under the keen instruction to “educate” ourselves about racism, book lists, watch lists and listen lists havebeen posted on every corner of the internet. Reni Eddo-Lodge’s ‘Why I’m No Longer Talkingto White People About Race’ temporarily went out of stock on amazon for […]Read More

Book Review: Dune // Frank Herbert

Arguably, Dune is one of the best science fiction books ever written, given a plethora of awards including the Hugo and Nebula Awards. The plot and setting have influenced many films and franchises, the most notable being Star Wars.  First, a brief summary of the seminal sci-fi novel, first in the trilogy. Within a feudal […]Read More

Book Review: A Little Life // Hanya Yanagihara

It’s almost one month since I started reading A Little Life, the Man Booker Prize finalist by Hanya Yanagihara published in 2015. Prior to this, my lockdown reading had been speedy – almost frantic – as I tried to consume as much as I could in this unprecedented pause, and to escape the unpleasant truth […]Read More

“She Found It At The Movies” is a manifesto for

Christina Newland’s essay collection She Found it at the Movies shines a light on a diverse set of voices to reclaim female desire, according to Film News Editor, Steph Green Women and their desirous response to cinema have been shut out of film criticism since the profession began. With the field monopolized by the pale, […]Read More

Book Review: Good Vibes, Good Life // Vex King

I’ve always been a bit of a sceptic when approaching books that claim to change your life or alter your mindset. Whilst I wholeheartedly believe in the merits of self improvement and its advantages, I’ve never quite hit the spot when my eagerly anticipated Amazon book order hits the doormat, awaiting my approval, or lack […]Read More

Book Review: Washington Black // Esi Edugyan

Washington Black, Esi Edugyan’s historical adventure first released in 2018, begins in the ruthless landscape of the Caribbean sugar trade of the 19th century, and the lives of those broken beneath it. It is within this hellish setting that the novel’s protagonist, the titular Washington ‘Wash’ Black, has lived his entire childhood under the merciless […]Read More

Book Review: Frankissstein // Jeanette Winterson

Frankissstein is an ambitious attempt to tell two stories whilst asking questions about identity and personhood. Whilst it comes close to success in its first objective, its second is a resounding failure. Despite failing to meaningfully engage with any of its targeted topics, though it does at times coming tantalisingly close, it is still an […]Read More