N.K. Jemisin’s Fantasies of Disorder

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.

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London, Sugar and Slavery

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.

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The Marriage Trap

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”.

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Josie Long – ‘Something Better’

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.

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Reasons to watch ‘Inside No.9’

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.

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Hearts, Minds, and Children’s Lit

This week a study was published on the emergence of gender stereotypes in early childhood and on how these stereotypes have a quick affect upon children’s interests.

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Brexit and the Cultural Memory of the Second World War

In the first half of 2016, prior to the EU referendum, I read British Cultural Memory and the Second World War. Post-referendum, I am continually reminded of this book, for it seems that virtually every time a public figure talks of Brexit they talk also of WWII.

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