Last year I read The Fifth Season following a recommendation. I hadn’t heard of it or of its author, N.K. Jemisin, though perhaps I should have. Since 2010 Jemisin has been nominated for numerous awards for her novels, and The Fifth Season won the 2016 Hugo Award.
Recently I visited the London, Sugar and Slavery exhibit at the Museum of London Docklands. It was an exhibit I was keen to see but I was also apprehensive, too accustomed to our museums presenting the British Empire as exceptional in its benevolence and focussed on innovation to expect an honest account.
This week a woman was refused a divorce because the judge ruled that the allegations against her husband were “of the kind to be expected in marriage”.
Last night I saw Josie Long at the Brighton Dome. Her show, ‘Something Better’, was originally intended as a hopeful and optimistic look at left politics and activism in a UK veering right post-2010. But this was in May 2016.
The new series of Inside No.9 is, finally, due to air towards the end of this month.
Written by Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton, each episode of this darkly comic anthology series is a thirty minute short film. The only link between them is that every episode is set within ‘number 9’, be that a house, a room, or a train compartment. Inside No.9 has made me laugh, cry, and too afraid to turn out the lights. It is seriously unmissable television. Here are three reasons you should watch.
This week I read Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five.
The plot is outlined in the first few pages of the book so I don’t think spoilers are an issue. However there will be some minor spoilers for Marge Piercy’s Woman on the Edge of Time.
I’ve decided to write a short blog, every week, for a year.
I set up this blog in 2011. I made six posts (four of them good) and abandoned writing just under a year later. I am going to try again, this time with less ambition but more commitment.