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5 Non-Fiction Books to Read in 2018

I don’t read a huge amount of non-fiction. I think historically this has been due to a deep-seated belief that non-fiction = educational. I want my reading to be fun, and ‘being educated’ isn’t fun, it’s something you do because a teacher/government official says you have to.  Continue reading “5 Non-Fiction Books to Read in 2018”

Check Yourself

Over the weekend, I posted something on social media that wasn’t OK.

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Stories Worth Telling? Reflections on the Edinburgh Festival 2017

The festival has finished, the nights are drawing in, and it is time to reflect upon the sensory overload that has become my go-to excuse for not writing as much as I ought to in August.

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“Do Women Have Too Many Rights?” – A Clickbait Conundrum

Earlier in the week, a tweet asking the above question made it into my Twitter timeline. This is not my question, hence the fact I have presented it in quotation marks. It was, based on the rules of punctuation, a question asked by BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme. Check this oot:  Continue reading ““Do Women Have Too Many Rights?” – A Clickbait Conundrum”

Not Another International Women’s Day post (lol jk – #IWD2016 for the win)

Friends, today I made a huge mistake. I accidentally read a few comments on a piece of internet journalism, and now I feel compelled to blog about it like some sort of millennial trapped in a sustainably sourced jar of self righteousness. NB, I only learned last week that I’m technically young enough to be counted as a millennial. After some initial misgivings and five minutes of soul searching, I have fully embraced this status change and started a 12 books tumblr.

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How To Be A Deranged Poetess

In case you missed the simple pleasure that was the #derangedpoetess hashtag kicking about on Twitter, I shall briefly summarise. Last week, a journalist called Oliver Thring wrote what can be read as a pretty sexist piece for the Sunday Times about poet Sarah Howe, winner of the T.S.Eliot prize. Some fellow female poets then tweeted to suggest the language he used was somewhat crass (this overview by Katy Evans-Bush details that line of thinking). Thring responded by saying he was being harangued by ‘deranged poetesses’. Continue reading “How To Be A Deranged Poetess”

What To Read In 2014

Are you one of those people who has trouble deciding what to read next?  Perhaps you accumulate books like bankers accumulate bonuses, and you’ve got so many you don’t quite know where to start?  This is, after all, one of the occupational hazards of being an enthusiastic reader.

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In 2014, might I suggest that you occasionally base your decision on the gender of the author?  I’ll tell you for why.

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Interview: For Books’ Sake Jane Bradley

In a sort of addendum to the Book Blogger files, I spoke to freelance writer and editor of women’s writing zine For Books’ Sake Jane Bradley about gender imbalance in literature, genre snobbery and reading recommendations.

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Young, Single and Free of Venereal Disease? You too could be a romantic hero…

A second guest blog from Rose McConnachie – on subjugation, syphilis and Twilight.

In my previous guest post, I ranted about the inherent confusion in the romantic fiction world between abuse and wooing. In this post, I hope to rant about some other stuff.

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