Reading Ideas

Thoughts on The Hate U Give

Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, Angie Thomas’ The Hate U Give tells the story of Starr, who witnesses her innocent best friend Khalil being shot wrongfully by police in her home of the “ghetto” of Garden Heights, and how she struggles to find her identity between her home and the suburban high school she attends. It describes how she handles her grief and how she deals with the legal enquiry to his death as the only witness to the incident.

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Thoughts on Are You My Mother?

Alison Bechdel’s second memoir, Are You My Mother?, explores her relationship with her mother and her quest for her to understand their relationship. It discusses her experiences of therapy in her attempts both to understand herself from a psychoanalytical perspective and the way she and her mother interact with each other. It also covers her parents’ relationship, and her mother’s marriage to a closeted gay man as detailed in her first memoir, Fun Home.

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Thoughts on Fangirl

Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl tells the story of Cath and Wren, identical twin sisters who, until college, have shared everything together. Wren chooses the stereotypical college experience – parties, boys, and dancing – whereas Cath sees herself more as “the kind of girl who fantasizes about being trapped in a library overnight”.

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Reading Recommendation: Nnedi Okorafor’s Who Fears Death

A few days ago, I read the latest news from American cable TV company HBO that they’ve green lit and are currently in the early developmental stages of bringing a new sweeping fantasy show to the small screen – an adaptation of Nnedi Okorafor’s Who Fears Death. Being that I’m a fan of both HBO […]

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Thoughts on Nasty Women

Nasty Women, released by 404 Ink on International Women’s Day, brings together a collection of women from all walks of life to discuss the issues that are important to them. Covering topics like race, body image, class, and identity, the collection covers a wide variety of the issues that women today face.

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Thoughts on The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf

A couple of days ago, I finished reading the popular third wave feminist non-fiction book The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf, and its 368 pages of socio-political commentary, theory and in depth analysis of everything in the female sphere left me with many lasting impressions, ideas and musings that I wanted to compile into a […]

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Don’t Miss This June at GWL!

On 11th May we celebrated the launch of our exciting and jam-packed summer programme, full of new opportunities, workshops, sessions and initiatives. From the various exciting aspects of our new interactive project Women Making an Exhibition of Themselves to the continuation of our ever-popular Story Café and Creative Writing for Fearties workshops that aim to […]

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Triumph for Scottish Heroines Finally Recognised in Hall of Heroes

Stirling’s National Wallace Monument is an imposing place of historical resonance. Within its strong grey walls sits a gallery which features the marble busts of sixteen men from Scottish history, men who have been deemed to have played an extra special role in our nation’s long and esteemed history and rich culture. Recently, however, more […]

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Arena Three: A network to spread lesbian culture and empower female experience

Arena Three, March 1972 In this last but not least important blog I will outline Arena Three’s evolution of content and style lingering on the most compelling cases. As I suggested in my previous post, the pivotal aim of Arena Three was the development of a lesbian community and culture. In fact, the columns ‘Paperback […]

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Arena Three: Lesbians do it better

Here we go to my third post! In this blog I am going to compare Arena Three’s editorial structure and aims with those of Urania (So, do no worry if you already miss that magazine!). Do you remember Urania’s promotion of peace and elimination of gender?1 Well, Arena Three comes out in the Sixties, the […]

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