Diversify Your Bookshelf: Why Now is the Time for Reading Classics by Black Female Authors

This month we are focusing our attention towards creating not just awareness, but a joy and love around reading black women’s texts. Our box this month celebrates Toni Morrison’s legacy with her powerfully emotive classic: Beloved. This choice was deliberate. The way society categorises, and views classics continues to exclude BAME narratives, and in particular, those penned by black women. …

A Black Women’s History Month Reading List

Intersectional feminists do not share one cohesive or singular narrative. As a diverse group of readers, we place our upmost energies into actively supporting and encouraging those around us to read widely. For some of our readers, these themes and histories may feel alien or unfamiliar, but for others, they are a reminder of their own struggles for recognition, awareness …

Self-Isolation for Bookworms

In light of the unsettling events happening around the world, it’s important that we find small ways of getting through the scary moments and grounding ourselves in the communities around us. For us, our community of followers and fellow bookworms are here to share tips, offer friendship and reassurance while self-isolating and social distancing. Firstly, we’d like to send each …

Empower Your Feed: 10 Feminist Influencers to Follow

In the last few years debate on the negative effects of social media have been rife in the press and mental health campaigning. With the likes of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and others using the wonders of AI to keep us glued to our screens, it’s important that the things we are consuming bring sparkle and happiness to our lives. Women …

The Untold Power of Literary Sisterhood

It is a commonly held grudge of female readers that the history of literature largely remains to be not only seen, but defined, through the lens of the male writer. Chaucer, Milton, Donne, Shakespeare, Keats, Tennyson (trust me, I could continue on for a while) are deemed to be some of the most respected and appreciated Grandfathers of Literature. Literature …

Finding Strength in Words: the Power of Poetry in Times of Trouble

In times of uncertainty it can be hard to know where to look for solace or comfort. Encouraged to stay at home not only to protect the vulnerable, but as an easy way to assist those working tirelessly on the front line, many of us can feel helpless. We must look for community – and in the bookish world, albeit …

Crazy Cat Lady: The History of Cat Memes, Rooted in Feminist History

The crazy cat lady is a stigma that is often forced upon women, particularly those who are unmarried. While the world of #Bookstagram may have looked to partially reclaim it (often boasting fun and creative photos of books accompanied by cats and cups of tea), the gendering of this creature is historic and stems back to The Suffragette movement. The …

Clothed in Rebellion: From The Suffragette Movement to A More Global #MeToo

Clothing has always looked to serve as a mode of self-expression. While this is widely acknowledged, what has failed to come to fruition is the wider significance of clothing, and the power it holds in contributing to our movements. Women, previously defined by the outfits they wore, have looked to reverse this process by using clothing choices as a means …

Banned Books and The Mobilisation of Movements

As feminist book lovers there is nothing quite so disturbing as the thought of precious works being censored, banned or even burnt. Yet, while we clutch our precious hardbacks in horror, we must recognise that so many of our much-loved classics have had to stubbornly overcome struggles in order to win the fight for freedom of speech. It seems odd …

The Importance of Fairytales to Feminism

Why – and how – feminists should be reading fairytales. Fairytales are undoubtedly an important part of the storytelling tradition. For many children, fairytales form part of their introduction to different forms of media. The stories we are told at an early age are often fairytales read from books, or are improvised tales that begin and end with the classic …