“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”

Where are we going wrong? A letter to my generation.

From the title of this entry alone, I can tell that I am in danger of sounding like some holier-than-thou adolescent who believes she’s uncovered some secret truth after watching one too many TED Talks. Admittedly, that’s partly true, but I want to begin by stating that this letter, if addressed to anyone specifically, isContinue reading “Where are we going wrong? A letter to my generation.”

Lockdown 2.0 – One more time with feeling.

Listen, I’m not going to pretend that this is an ideal situation. Personally, this isn’t how I planned on spending my gap year before uni but we are where we are. So, I have accepted what I cannot change and looked at this (once again) as an opportunity for growth. Like the generations before us,Continue reading “Lockdown 2.0 – One more time with feeling.”

The world is ending, so I’ve started a blog – an argument for optimism.

Where to begin? I have frequently found myself crossing the line between optimism and pessimism in a year that has forced most of us into a position of ceaseless discomfort. Whether that discomfort is from being confined in a beige box for months on end, only seeing friends and family through a glitching, buffering, pixilatedContinue reading “The world is ending, so I’ve started a blog – an argument for optimism.”

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.”

‘Death of a Naturalist’ – How Seamus Heaney’s connection to nature illustrates the passage of time.

“The fruit fermented, the sweet flesh would turn sour,” writes Heaney in his coming-of-age poem Blackberry-Picking (Death of a Naturalist, 1999). It is this process of growth, life and death found in every corner of Seamus Heaney’s beloved natural world that plagues his poetry collection ‘Death of a Naturalist’. Heaney was raised in County Derry, NorthernContinue reading “‘Death of a Naturalist’ – How Seamus Heaney’s connection to nature illustrates the passage of time.”