A Quick Guide to Reworking Clothes

Following the (very welcome) trend of departure away from fast-fashion consumption, the demand for pieces which have individual flair and originality has increased. Whether this be quirky second-hand items, hand-made slow fashion or reworked old clothes, the emphasis on responsible fashion consumption and the influence of lockdown has unquestionably led to an interest in personalised […]

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The Wollstonecraft Statue: Feminism Laid Bare?

Image Description: Photograph of the top of Maggi Hambling’s silver-bronzed sculpture honouring Mary Wollstonecraft, which features a naked female figure rising from an amalgamation of other female forms. Anyone who has been to North London’s Newington Green (or has visited the quagmire of social media recently) will have seen Maggi Hambling’s new statue commemorating Mary Wollstonecraft. […]

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The show must go on: V-Card

Image Description: the publicity poster for V-Card (a pink background, with ‘V-Card’ written in white and filled with peach, banana, and water drop emojis).  It’s Michaelmas Term 2019, and preparations are underway for V-Card, a comedy I’ve written about sexuality and the virginity myth, which I’m hoping to put on at the Burton Taylor Studio next […]

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The ‘ill’ in ‘thriller’: 3 dystopian films that remain scary in the COVID-19 era

Image description: Actor Gong Yoo playing Seok-Woo on an eerie train carriage in the thriller ‘Train to Busan’.  It is no secret that, for many people, the COVID-19 pandemic has been like a ‘living horror film’. As such, the general populous may now feel detached or even desensitised to cinema’s vast repertoire of ‘outbreak movies’; […]

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Gregory Leadbetter’s Maskwork: throwing a wrench into reality’s gears

Image Description: A gold, decorated mask and a black fabric background.  The mysterious and impenetrable dressings of both internal and external experience provide the theme for Maskwork, a haunting new collection of poetry by Gregory Leadbetter (Professor of Poetry at Birmingham City University). Bewitching descriptions of masks – in the likeness of seraphs, witches, even […]

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