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Paying it forward : The solidarity of readers

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Paying it forward : The solidarity of readers

Wandering down Leith Walk recently I witnessed a small, simple act of kindness, someone offering a stranger a helping hand. It put a smile on my face, and my partner piped up ‘that person shops at Lighthouse’. And it felt true, kindness is the most common, recognisable characteristic in you lot, our readers. We see your compassion and empathy in the stories you seek out, the campaigns you share, the way you talk to each other, and our booksellers. We see you on picket lines and protests, community gardens and local businesses. And daily we’re touched by the solidarity in...

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Stand With BelarusPoetry in hope & Solidarity with people of Belarus

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The past few weeks have seen amazing goings on in Belarus. In the wake a clearly rigged election, people took to the streets - and when demonstrators and bystanders alike were detained, beaten and tortured, it prompted a fresh wave of protests, bringing hundreds of thousands of people onto the streets, in the first serious challenge to president Lukashenko’s dictatorship since he came to power 26 years ago. But the detentions and human rights violations continue. We are honoured to host an international poetry reading, curated by the poet & translator Annie Rutherford, where writers have come together in solidarity...

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LIFE RAFT VII : I AM NOT YOUR BABY MOTHER - A CONVERSATION WITH CANDICE BRATHWAITE

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Candice Brathwaite is the founder of Make Motherhood Diverse – a platform that’s challenging the stereotypical narrative of motherhood. She’s also a presenter and a writer and her book, I Am Not Your Baby Mother, is out this week! The book - part memoir, part manifesto - is a powerful challenge to narrow mainstream depictions of motherhood and a call to mums like her to take control, scrapping the parenting rulebook to mother their own way. From black British mothers who may feel unseen and overlooked to those who need to challenge their ideas about what the term ‘mother’ means to them, this is...

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LIFE RAFT VII: LOOKING FOR ELIZA WITH LEA ARBUTHNOTT

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Times are tough, if you could use a shot of warmth to thaw your frozen hearts give the wonderful Leaf Arbuthnot a go! Books have such a long journey from page to print I’m always amazed when one lands that is JUST the right book for JUST the right time- cue Looking for Eliza. It’s a warm, quirky inter-generational novel about grief and isolation and friendship that is brimming with heart and humour. BUY THE BOOK HERE. It’s quietly queer, gently hopeful and very funny- it explores the power of reaching out, of connection, of shared stories and poetry and writing.\...

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LIFE RAFT VI: HALEH AGAR DISCUSSES HER DEBUT OUT OF TOUCH

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LIFE RAFT VI: HALEH AGAR DISCUSSES HER DEBUT OUT OF TOUCH

“I want to learn how to do this, tell stories that make people feel like they are seen.” - Haleh Agar. And learn she did! Haleh Agar’s debut novel Out Of Touch as a phenomenal feat, and we’re thrilled to have had a chance to (virtually) discuss the book and her writing! What a time to publish your first book - how are you feeling just now? Up and down! It’s all so new and strange, isn’t it? I find that if I take the time to meditate I’m in a much better place for the day. When and why did you become...

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