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For her fifth dinner party, author and host Susanna Crossman talks to writers Elizabeth Chakrabarty, Lily Dunn and Shamini Sriskandarajah about eliding the barriers between fiction and non-fiction, the ethics of (memoir) writing, diverse ways of reading via Lydia Davis and whether to “glam up” or dress down when sitting down to write.
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Acclaimed author Savala Nolan talks to Hannah Hutchings-Georgiou about her latest collection of essays, Don’t Let It Get You Down (The Indigo Press), navigating interstitial spaces and identities, the ubiquity of violence to women, imagination as a vital tool to access African American history and life writing as a form of cartography for readers.
Read More “An Interview with acclaimed author Savala Nolan: ‘Liminality gives me a sense of having multiple passports. It renders me a kind of polyglot and translator’”
Dorothy Wordsworth’s journals shine with moonlight and rain-washed landscapes, but did her later illness inhibit such vision? No, writes Iona Glen, who, when considering the poetry and criticism of Polly Atkin, sees Wordsworth’s creativity flourish in her periods of ill health.
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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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Clarissa Pinkola Estés’ classic work, Women Who Run with the Wolves, encourages readers to embrace their inner ‘wild woman’ using myths from around the world. Here, our writer Emma Hanson explores the importance of night in one of the book’s tales, ‘Vasalisa’.
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In this witty and moving piece, Marissa McCallam reflects on navigating the world as a brown girl, encountering other people’s racist views and prejudices, connecting with her mixed heritage and embracing the freedom and power of ambiguity.
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Writing of her own experiences of under water diving, Tilda Bowden describes a world of wonder beneath the surface of the sea by day, and its celestial transformation by night.
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