“Sister Outsider” by Audre Lorde – an activist’s guide to compassion

In the swiftly evolving landscape of the 21st century, Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde should be essential reading for everybody. It should be thrust into our hands in classrooms and recited in chapels and discussed among friends at house parties. To finish this book and not walk away a more compassionate, wise and open-minded person,Continue reading ““Sister Outsider” by Audre Lorde – an activist’s guide to compassion”

“On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous” – Ocean Vuong’s quiet masterpiece that redefines the boundaries of storytelling

I am coming to this review with only one night’s sleep separating me from the moment that I turned the final page of Ocean Vuong’s, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous. I am urgently aware that in order to do the book any kind of justice, I must be writing fresh off my return from theContinue reading ““On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous” – Ocean Vuong’s quiet masterpiece that redefines the boundaries of storytelling”

“Ice” by Anna Kavan – a disorientating study of patriarchal dominance

Content warnings – mentions of sexual abuse, sex, addiction and mental illness ‘Ice’ (1967) by Anna Kavan is a fever dream of a novel that seems to defy genre and categorisation. In some ways a post-nuclear dystopian tale, in others a brutal critique of patriarchal power; this slim volume of surrealism left me pondering overContinue reading ““Ice” by Anna Kavan – a disorientating study of patriarchal dominance”

Sylvia Plath and the line between self-expression and self-harm.

The relationship between “genius” and “madness” has been discussed in both artistic and psychological circles for thousands of years, dating as far back as 384 BC when Aristotle stated “There is no great genius without some touch of madness.” (Wist, 2004)  However, the link between seemingly innate creativity and mental illness has only been closely observedContinue reading “Sylvia Plath and the line between self-expression and self-harm.”

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Maya Elphick

twenty year old creative and activist from Norfolk, UK

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