WayWORD Festival: Art is Activism

The WayWORD Festival, a student-led creative arts festival run by the WORD Centre at the University of Aberdeen is without a doubt, summed up with the expression “maximum effort, maximum reward,” in terms of the time and energy it took to get it all together, and the obstacles we overcame. The tagline we chose, “unconventional... Continue Reading →

Love, Pan-Fried by Gray Crosbie

Stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “I know a woman who sleeps with a unicorn tucked under her arm because it’s stuffed with the kind of security that people just aren’t.” This is the entirety of Dreaming Grown-Up Dreams, from Gray Crosbie’s flash fiction collection Love, Pan-Fried and those twenty-five words set the tone of Crosbie’s collection for me... Continue Reading →

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

Stars: ⭐️⭐️ It’s a shame to say, but I was disappointed by The Testaments – the new sequel to Margaret Atwood’s seminal feminist novel The Handmaid’s Tale. The Handmaid’s Tale is one of my favourite books. It’s told from the perspective of a normal woman whose freedom is stripped away when a fundamentalist Christian sect... Continue Reading →

Expecting: The Inner Life of Pregnancy

Stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This reflective diary in nine parts (one for every month of pregnancy) can be a bit metaphor-laden at times, but still manages to be gripping, entertaining, educational, and overwhelmingly poetic. Chitra Ramaswamy is a former newspaper journalist and seems eager to demonstrate just how well read and cultured she is. There’s references to... Continue Reading →

Freak Circus #3: Shame

The physical off-shoot of The Poetry Circus events, this journal contains a selection of pieces on the theme of ‘shame’. There’s a bunch of pieces about affairs, one-night-stands & the supernatural, but the stand-out is a short story called ‘Reflections: Organic or Not - It isn’t right’ by someone using the (pseudo)name Kathleen Mansfield. The... Continue Reading →

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