Once Upon a Time… A Brief (Feminist) History of the Fairytale

We’ve started the new year (and the new decade) with the age-old genre of the fairytale, retold for the modern era through the incredible stories in Little Book of Fairy Tales from Dancing Bear Publications, the book featured in our January box. The origin of the fairytale is much debated, in part because it finds its roots in the tradition …

The Princesses Who Save Themselves: Within and Without Fairytales

Society is lagging behind literature. A cruel intolerance against outspoken women pushing for reform remains strong. Meghan’s race and identity has led to her rejection. While she may have jumped, it is society’s entrenched racism and the abuse she has received which amounts to a violent push. Their retirement is owed to the intrusive coverage and bullying of a British …

10 women-supporting-women organisations you need to know about

‘tis the season… of sisterhood! Here at Books That Matter we’re celebrating our December theme: the Season of Sisterhood! As we reach the end of the year it’s the perfect time to reflect and appreciate the sisterhood that surrounds us. Check out these 10 women-supporting-women organisations which champion that sisterhood with their work: Integrate UK is fighting to end FGM …

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10 Tips to Getting your Writing Done

As we near the end of National Novel Writing Month, there seems to be an increased amount of anxiety about completing before the deadline. Regardless of whether you’re participating in NaNoWriMo or not, getting deadlines finished before the year end has never felt more frantic as we approach Christmas and what’s supposed to be relaxing time off! Whether you’re creative …

A Discovery of Witches-Witch Trials-Women's History and Literature - by author Harriet Young

A Discovery of Witches: Witch Trials, Women’s History and Literature – by author Harriet Young

“A particular Declaration of the most barberous and damnable Practises, Murthers, wicked and diuelish Conspiracies, practized and executed by the most dangerous and malitious Witch Elizabeth Sowthernes alias Demdike, of the Forrest of Pendle in the Countie of Lancaster” – Thomas Potts, The Wonderfull Discoverie of Witches in the Countie of Lancaster. The witch hunts of the 16th and 17th …

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“Witch, Please!”: Magic, Hexing and Witchcraft in Feminism

The witch lives between dark and daylight, the safely settled village and the wil writes: “It’s no coincidence that the reclamation of the witch as a symbol of female power and persecution started with the suffragettes, and later saw a renaissance in the women’s liberation movement of the 1960s. (…) In this new age of sexist turmoil, it’s fitting she …

Why “Circe” is a Book That Matters

Why “Circe” is a Book That Matters

Picture this, a boat washes ashore on the beautiful island of Aiaia, carrying Odysseus after his long quest fighting in Troy. Silver wolves and golden lions drape themselves over the threshold, and striking witch-sorceress Circe emerges over the rocks. The story of the Odyssey begins with depicting Circe as vivid, powerful and unique, a cunning witch who transforms Odysseus’s men …

How to Love Yourself (in a world that doesn’t want you to)

How to Love Yourself (in a world that doesn’t want you to)

It’s no secret that large corporations across the globe profit from human insecurity. Everywhere you go, you’ll encounter anti ageing creams, detox teas, Photoshop, face tuning technology, and worse. We are living in an economy that provides us with constant problems to solve, rather than opportunities to celebrate, embrace and accept our bodies the way they are. As our focus …