“Connie’s story is vital for the empowerment of our youth.” Interviewing director, Dante Alencastre on the film, AIDs Diva: The Legend of Connie Norman |BFI FLARE 2021

This year at the BFI Flare film festival I had the absolute honour to learn about the legend that is Connie Norman. I interviewed director Dante Alencastre to learn more about the film; AIDs Diva: The Legend of Connie Norman.  Can you tell us a little bit about what your movie is about? The documentary is about,… Read More “Connie’s story is vital for the empowerment of our youth.” Interviewing director, Dante Alencastre on the film, AIDs Diva: The Legend of Connie Norman |BFI FLARE 2021

Talking to co-directors Jennifer Tiexiera and Michael Seligman about P.S. Burn This Letter Please, a movie that turns the stage lights back on a part of 1950’s Lgbtq+ history |BFI FLARE 2021

As part of the BFI: Flare, Istoria Lit was lucky enough to get an interview with  Jennifer Tiexiera and Michael Seligman, co-directors of P.S. Burn This Letter Please to learn more about the movie.  Can you tell us a little bit about what your movie is about? The film documents a very specific period in LGBTQ+ history… Read More Talking to co-directors Jennifer Tiexiera and Michael Seligman about P.S. Burn This Letter Please, a movie that turns the stage lights back on a part of 1950’s Lgbtq+ history |BFI FLARE 2021

Book Review: All the Young Men by Ruth Coker Burks & Kevin Carr O’Leary

All the Young Men is the touching memoir of Ruth Coker Burks, a woman who dedicated herself to caring for the people neglected by their families, friends and most of society during in the AIDs crisis in America in the course of the 1980’s and 90’s.  Throughout her story, Ruth comes across as such a… Read More Book Review: All the Young Men by Ruth Coker Burks & Kevin Carr O’Leary

Unheard oral histories are released by the Museum of London to mark Windrush Day

In commemoration of Windrush Day, the Museum of London has released, for the first time, a selection of unheard oral histories from its collection. Recorded in 2018 as part of the Conversation Booth project at The Arrival event in City Hall, the Windrush Conversations tell each individual’s unique story of arrival in London and their… Read More Unheard oral histories are released by the Museum of London to mark Windrush Day

Reading the Wolfson History Prize 2020 – A Fistful of Shells: West Africa from the Rise of the Slave Trade to The Age of Revolution by Toby Green

A Fistful of Shells by Toby Green gives us a scrap book of snapshots of a West Africa a lot of us have never been told existed. Certainly for me who, quite arrogantly I now know, presumed to have a fairly good grip of world history was surprised as I read about stories that contained… Read More Reading the Wolfson History Prize 2020 – A Fistful of Shells: West Africa from the Rise of the Slave Trade to The Age of Revolution by Toby Green

Reading the shortlist of the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2020: Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell

*Warning: There are spoilers in this one. Sorry but I just couldn’t help gushing about it* As soon as I heard about Hamnet I wanted to read it. As someone who has loved Shakespeare’s plays since childhood just hearing that I could read a story written about the writer and his son sparked my excitement.… Read More Reading the shortlist of the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2020: Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell

Reading The Swansea University Dylan Thomas Prize 2020 Longlist: On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is about Little Dog, his grandmother and mother. The novel is written as a letter from the son to mother, however it is never meant to be read by as she never learnt to read. The story wanders through their intertwined life stories. We see Lan, Little Dog’s grandmother, during… Read More Reading The Swansea University Dylan Thomas Prize 2020 Longlist: On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

Shakespeare on the Sofa: The Globe announces new digital content, free films, Mark Rylance’s ‘Shakespeare Walks’, and online support for students.

Shakespeare’s Globe has been preparing a raft of new digital content to continue to engage its audiences with Shakespeare’s works. Shakespeare & Love in Isolation will see artists, in times of solitude and from their place of sanctuary, sharing some of the greatest words ever written. The series will be released as soon as possible,… Read More Shakespeare on the Sofa: The Globe announces new digital content, free films, Mark Rylance’s ‘Shakespeare Walks’, and online support for students.

Reading The Swansea University Dylan Thomas Prize 2020 Longlist: LOT by Bryan Washington

As a reader wanders through the pages of LOT they find themselves reading stories that allow them to glance a tender yet uncompromising vista of American neighbourhoods. Bryan Washington uses the back drop of Houston, Texas to beautifully capture the different shades of being that create the canopy of humanity within a city. You can… Read More Reading The Swansea University Dylan Thomas Prize 2020 Longlist: LOT by Bryan Washington