“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 masterpiece, 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 fromContinue 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”

Sayonara 2020

On the final day of 2020, I am sitting in bed with a matcha mojito in one hand and a slice of fruitcake in the other as David Bowie mournfully sings ‘Lady Grinning Soul’ from my record player. With each sip and each bite I am trying to taste something, a note of mint orContinue reading “Sayonara 2020”

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Maya Elphick

nineteen year old creative and activist from Norfolk, UK

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