The Vagina Monologues – Acting Meets Activism

At Lancaster university every February for the past 15 years a group of women+ folk have come together to put on productions of Eve Ensler's 'The Vagina Monologues'. It's always part of a fundraising effort for a local charity, this year the charity is 'Women's Community Matters'. I was part of the show last year … Continue reading The Vagina Monologues – Acting Meets Activism

Revealing My Love of Cookbooks, and a Review of ‘Flavour: Eat What You Love’ by Ruby Tandoh

I've never reviewed a cookbook on this blog and honestly I'm not sure why. I love cookbooks. I can spend many calming hours reading them, and even more countless hours using them to cook for myself, my friends, and my family. I first fell in love with cooking in high school when my mum brought River … Continue reading Revealing My Love of Cookbooks, and a Review of ‘Flavour: Eat What You Love’ by Ruby Tandoh

A Fast Paced and Thought Provoking Read – ‘The Time Machine’ by H.G. Wells 

This short novella was published in 1895 but it still feels fresh and relevant reading it today in the current political climate. The plot is essentially quite simple - a scientist invites a group of men to dinner, he arrives late to this dinner in a dishevelled state with a story about travel on the … Continue reading A Fast Paced and Thought Provoking Read – ‘The Time Machine’ by H.G. Wells 

‘The Tempest’ Retold – ‘Hag-Seed’ by Margaret Atwood

I've reviewed a production of Shakespeare here before and I've reviewed a book by Margaret Atwood here before, this book combined both Shakespeare and Atwood and, a trademark of both writers, is beautifully comic and tragic at the same time. 'Hag-Seed' focuses on Felix Phillips, an avant-garde theater director who is unceremoniously sacked from his … Continue reading ‘The Tempest’ Retold – ‘Hag-Seed’ by Margaret Atwood

Brilliant Poems About Women by Women

I've had this post semi-written in my drafts for a couple of weeks now and kept completely forgetting to finish it off in the chaos of deadlines which was the last week's of term, but better late than never. This is a list of 5 poems by brilliant women which were read out at The … Continue reading Brilliant Poems About Women by Women

Why Haven’t I Posted in 3 Months?

At the start of September I started doing reading for the 2nd year of my course (I study English Literature at Lancaster university) and since then I've read nothing that wasn't on my reading list. Although I have enjoyed some of the novels, films and poems I've analysed my way through; I've never felt connected … Continue reading Why Haven’t I Posted in 3 Months?

The Way to a Woman’s Heart is by Kidnapping it – ‘The Collector’ by John Fowles

The basic outline of this book is a lonely, socially awkward, butterfly collecting man falls in love with a young woman. He decides the only way to make her fall in love with him is to kidnap her and keep her, like one of his butterflies, as a collectors item. He falls in love with … Continue reading The Way to a Woman’s Heart is by Kidnapping it – ‘The Collector’ by John Fowles