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Shamini Sriskandarajah reviews this debut collection of London-based short stories, full of vivid, colourful characters and with a joyfully feminist streak.
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Maria Stepanova’s memoir, translated from the Russian by Sasha Dugdale, weaves together storytelling, culture, art, and philosophy to form a mosaic image of her family’s history.
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Packed with fascinating stories, thorough research and helpful definitions, Dr Pragya Agarwal’s book, Wish We Knew What to Say, is essential reading for all educators, parents and care-givers when it comes to talking with children about race.
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In this compelling personal essay, Shamini Sriskandarajah recounts a year of trying to connect with friends over text, email, phone and post; of having to explain racism to one white friend and denounce violent sexism to another.
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Artist and filmmaker Steve McQueen’s epic Year 3 project brings together more than 3000 class portraits from over 1500 primary schools to commemorate a most formative time in a child’s educational life. The result, says our writer Shamini Sriskandarajah, is at once illuminating and moving.
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In Shamini Sriskandarajah’s short and beautiful poem, ‘Cypress’, two people sit under the quiet warmth of a leylandii tree reflecting on past moments of togetherness.
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Dismissed in his lifetime as mad, William Blake is now lauded as a visionary genius, one whose art and poetry have influenced many generations of creatives. Shamini Sriskandarajah visits Tate Britain’s recent retrospective to find out why.
Read More “Tracing the ‘bounding line’: William Blake at Tate Britain”