Celebrating the Prize’s 15th anniversary the Swansea University Dylan Thomas Prize recalls its namesake thanks to the dominance of young and experimental poets showcased on its shortlist each of whom are in the running for the £30,000 Prize. From Jay Bernard whose collection Surge addresses black radical British history against the backdrop of the Grenfell… Read More Debut Poets Dominate The Shortlist For The Swansea University Dylan Thomas Prize 2020
Five Films For Freedom, the world’s largest LGBTIQ+ digital campaign, will mark its sixth year by broadcasting five brand new LGBTIQ+ films to countries around the world, including those where homosexuality remains illegal. In this continuing creative partnership, the British Council makes five short films from the BFI Flare: London LGBTIQ+ Film Festival available across… Read More British Council and BFI Flare reveal programme for sixth edition of Five Films For Freedom campaign
Library of exile, the acclaimed installation by British artist and author Edmund de Waal featuring 2,000 books by exiled writers from Ovid to the present day is presented at the British Museum from 12 March – 8 September 2020. The temporary pavilion is designed as a place of dialogue and contemplation, with visitors encouraged to… Read More Edmund de Waal’s Library of Exiled writers goes on display at The British Museum
A unique brooch that belonged to Millicent Fawcett, President of the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies (1890 – 1919) will go on permanent display for the first time this week at the Museum of London. The brooch, on long-term loan from the Fawcett Society, is highly symbolic and represents the long struggle for women’s… Read More Millicent Fawcett’s ‘Steadfastness and Courage’ brooch to go on permanent display for the first time
*Spoiler Alert* After the first paragraph of this review I will talk about elements of the plot that might spoil things a little but will not spoil the ending *SpoilerAlert* Princess Leonie Kolburg (don’t call her that. She hates being called that!) Or Leo for short is an eighteen year old heir to a faded… Read More Book Review: The Stars We Steal by Alexa Donne – Classic Romance & Modern Sci-fi Are A Match made in the Heavens!
Award-winning actor Jacoba Williams (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare’s Globe; Queens of Sheba) takes an animalistic turn in Before I Was A Bear, the debut play from Eleanor Tindall. The play revamps a Greek myth and comically explores issues for women in today’s society. I got to chat with Jacoba about the play, creating art… Read More A conversation with Jacoba Williams about starring in the play Before I Was A Bear and creating theatre at The Bunker: “it is not tick boxing … it feels like we are doing just what should be done”
After reading Claire Rudy Foster’s new short story collection, Shine of the Ever, I was truly stunned. Foster short stories were full of people grappling with situations that I had lived through. On the pages were characters dealing with unrequited love, repressed sexuality, strained friendships and other wonderfully mundane or fantastically chaotic moments that you… Read More “I wanted my characters to inhabit spaces outside what’s expected for queer and trans people—especially joyful spaces.” Talking to author Claire Rudy Foster about their new book – Shine of the Ever.
It’s weird to think of buildings and places making equality harder. In Feminist City, Leslie Kern talks about the difficulties that we have using the environment that has been made around us. Most of the challenges we face in navigating both urban and rural domestic settings is because it is literally man-made. A cis white… Read More Book Review: Feminist City: A Field Guide by Leslie Kern – Intersectional Feminism and living in a city not built for you
Amiri Baraka’s Dutchman may have been written during the civil rights era but it has lost none of its power as it holds a magnifying glass to the current social issues facing the black community. It is the story of a young black man called Clay and his encounter with a strange white woman on… Read More Dutchman Review: Amiri Baraka’s 1964 play highlights how modern day Britain is still struggling to hear Black voices
Every year we get ready for Pride. We fill the streets with rainbow flags and slap on a bit glitter. It is the designated time of year when most liberal, hetronomative societies in the world have to tolerate the LGBTQQIAAP (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersexual, asexual, ally, pansexual) community so they can shout:… Read More Book Review: The Stonewall Riots – A Documentary History by Marc Stein