Why Brexit is a Feminist Issue

Why Brexit is a Feminist Issue

Brexit is a term that most of us in the UK hear, on estimation, at least once a day. Whether it’s on the radio, on the TV, or in conversation, Brexit is everywhere. The bombardment of information is overwhelming, and the slaloming actions of parliament are becoming increasingly difficult to keep up with. In this age of uncertainty of the …

Jean Rhys - The Woman who Wrote Women

Jean Rhys – The Woman who Wrote Women

Jean Rhys was an author who innovated writing upon women’s emotions, mental health, and sexuality in a way that became a cornerstone of the modernist period of literature. Her definitive yet flawed female protagonists in her works like Good Morning, Midnight, Leaving Mr McKenzie, and her iconic, Wide Sargasso Sea, put her on the map for centuries to come as …

Good Morning Midnight

‘It seems to me that things repeat themselves over and over again.’

Time and Repetition in Jean Rhys’ Good Morning, Midnight By Joanne Norris At the time that Jean Rhys was writing Good Morning, Midnight, expressing the complexities and sadness of the female experience was an uncommon subject. When the novel came out in 1939, it was deemed too depressing. Even as a modern reader, it feels shocking to be privy to …

What a Time To Love Ourselves

What a Time To Love Ourselves

“Focus on your truth, focus on your message, focus on you.” (Eggurue, ‘What A Time To Be Alone’) By Erin Stott Flowering from feminist roots and unapologetic black pride, The Slumflower’s manifesto for self love guides us: on how to take charge of our lives and relationships; how to stay true to ourselves; and how we can realistically – and …

Uni Sinhas Belonging

What should women write about? – Uni Sinha’s Belonging

By Riziki Millanzi A couple of years ago I did a semester abroad at the University of Kentucky and I was lucky enough to enrol in a Women’s Literature course that was taught by the fantastic Janet Eldred. In this class, we attempted to unroot why things such as disaster, tragedy or war were often (and still are today) regarded …

The Reincarnation of Big Kit in Washington Black

The Reincarnation of Big Kit in Washington Black

By Riziki Millanzi “…she was a marvel, witness to a world I could not imagine, beyond the reach of the huts and the vicious fields of Faith.” I am fascinated by the idea of reincarnation, how exactly it would work and what the outcome would be. Would we reborn somebody different? Would everything be new? Would my life be better? …

The Untold Stories of Washington Black

The Untold Stories of Washington Black

By Joanne Norris Whilst travelling in India, I came across a quotation painted on a rock that I couldn’t get out of my head whilst reading Washington Black. “The universe is not made of atoms; it’s made of tiny stories.” I’ve since learned that the quotation comes from a collection of short stories, entitled “The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories.” …