The Earth is Not My Mother:

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Author Spotlight: Sally Rooney

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Author Spotlight: Peace Adzo Medie

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Poem of the Week: Stars by Emily Bronte

As a team of literature lovers, it occurred to us that we hadn’t spent much time celebrating female poets. So, we will be sharing a Poem of the Week every week on our blog for you to enjoy, and to hopefully discover some lovely poetry you’ll return to again and again, and maybe some new […]

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Pride is a protest and here's why we still need it

Pride is a protest, and here’s why we still need it

By Becca Bashford This month at Books That Matter, we created a box which sought to encapsulate the beauty, the talent, and the importance of amplifying LGBT+ voices. It’s June, which means Pride season is upon us. Pride is about bringing the experiences of the LGBT+ community to the forefront of our minds and hearts; […]

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Feminist Dystopia and Political Activism an Uneasy Alliance

Feminist Dystopia and Political Activism: an Uneasy Alliance

By Becca Bashford Here at Books That Matter, we passionately believe that literature has the ability to empower and inspire women. This month’s theme, Feminist Dystopia, explores a unique literary genre which goes a step further in its efforts to empower and inspire – in fact, it leaps into the world of politics and activism. […]

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Anti-abortion Laws Are Dystopian AF

Anti-abortion Laws Are Dystopian AF

This is a blog post we didn’t expect to be writing in Feminist Dystopia month. As you’re probably aware, anti-abortion laws have recently been passed in Alabama and Georgia in the US, with Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky, and Ohio now following suit. We are, of course, already aware of the same conditions in place for people […]

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Sarah Parker Remond

Remembering Sarah Parker Remond

By Becca Bashford “My strongest desire through life has been to be educated. I found the most exquisite pleasure in reading and as we had no library, I read every book which came in my way, and I longed for more.” Sarah Parker Remond, June 1861 It’s no secret that the triumphs and achievements of […]

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Octavia E Butler

Celebrating Octavia E. Butler

By Riziki Millanzi In 1995, Octavia E Butler became the first Science-Fiction writer to receive a MacArthur Fellowship, unofficially nicknamed in America the ‘Genius Grant’. During her life, she won not only one or two, but multiple Hugo and Nebula awards. Butler’s writing has paved the way for Black women writers. From Nnedi Okorafor who […]

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10 Black Female Owned Accounts You Should Be Following on Instagram

It’s Black Women’s History Month, and we need to get to work. Follow these amazing women to learn more about destabilising racism in our communities and how we can further support black women. Rachel Cargle @rachel.cargle Rachel Cargle is a writer and lecturer “building an intellectual legacy by storytelling, public teaching, and critical discourse”. She […]

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