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Our contributor Emily Walters talks to author Ennatu Domingo about the recent publication of her new book, Burnt Eucalyptus Wood, adoption and a nomadic sense of being, the centrality of language to identity, filmic narrative structures and the power of nostalgia in Ethiopian culture.
Read More “In conversation with Ennatu Domingo: ‘To belong somewhere new, you have to feel at peace with the place you left behind’”
Heavy with heartache and loss, Lisa Goodrum turned to the haunting photography of Francesca Woodman to make sense of the pain and the blurry, achromatic period that was the summer of 2019. Here, in hauntingly beautiful prose, she tells her story.
Read More “Picturing Loss: On Francesca Woodman by Lisa Goodrum”
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.
Read More “In Memory of Memory: the fragmented story of a family’s century”
Wayétu Moore’s vivid memoir of her family’s escape from civil war is a story of violence, but also one of strength and faith.
Read More “The Dragons, The Giant, The Women: a powerful portrait of love and hope”
Chantal Thomas’ evocatively layered memoir, Memories of Low Tide, relates the complex, shifting relationship she has with her mother and their mutual love for swimming in the sea.
Read More “Memories of Low Tide by Chantal Thomas, translated by Natasha Lehrer – ‘like reading across a lifetime of language’”
Carmen Maria Machado’s genre-bending memoir, In the Dream House, is a clever and poignant exploration of an abusive relationship, one that ranges from Star Trek and film noir to debates of LGBTQ+ rights in the US.
Read More “In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado – a genre-defying page turner”
Kassem Eid’s memoir moves through life in pre-war Syria to his time as a FSA resistance fighter and beyond. Beautifully written, captivating and horrific in equal parts, My Country: A Syrian Memoir is a must read, writes Clarissa Hjalmarsson.
Read More “My Country: A Syrian Memoir by Kassem Eid – an accomplished, deeply moving book”
Kerry Hudson’s precise, intricate and intelligently written memoir, Lowborn, revisits the brutal realities of poverty and the deprived places of Hudson’s own childhood.
Read More “Kerry Hudson’s Lowborn – a remarkable portrait of ‘dehumanising poverty’, but also love, compassion and self-determination”
Tracey Thorn’s honest and highly absorbing work of creative non-fiction, Another Planet, brings together the teenage diaries of the Everything But The Girl singer before the musical success of the 90s.
Read More “Tracey Thorn’s Another Planet, A Teenager in Suburbia – A highly absorbing work of non-fiction”
William Henry Searle’s Threads is a call to order and serves to remind us of our material and spiritual reliance on the natural world. But is Searle’s encounter with nature relatable? asks our arts writer Gabriela Frost.
Read More “Threads by William Henry Searle – a rich and brilliant tapestry of nature’s wilds”