When the largest book retailer in the United States, Barnes & Noble, launched their so-called Diverse Editions initiative in honour of Black History Month,...
Review: The Personal History of David Copperfield
With his take on The Personal History of David Copperfield, Armando Iannucci seems to relish the opportunity to draw out the inherent absurdism and...
Reality check: the power of relatable crises
"Conflicts in literature don’t work when they fail to resonate". Regardless of genre, books are most impactful when their crises are rooted in everyday human experience.
Pablo Neruda’s subtle patterns show us how to feel
The brilliant simplicity of the Chilean poet is his greatest strength
The art of painting like a child
The idea of enjoying something linked to childhood is apparently shameful
Childhood’s Clarity in ‘The Ocean at the End of the Lane’
The Ocean at the End of the Lane opens with an epigraph from Maurice Sendak, “I remember my own childhood vividly… I knew terrible things. But I knew I mustn’t let adults know I knew. It would scare them.”
Judge representative films on merit not just diversity
The films of women and POC must be judged meritocratically and not just for their representation
Self-publishing can counter literary elitism
Self-publishing is not a new phenomenon in the literary world; authors ranging from Marcel Proust to Beatrix Potter self-published books that are now integral...
An open letter to Santa
Ditch the coal, carrots and chimney-creeping Mr Claus – this year you're on the naughty list