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LIFE RAFT V: ALISON PHIPPS TAKES ON MAINSTREAM FEMINISM

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‘This is a necessary and vital addition to feminist texts. Alison Phipps has done exactly what women of colour wish we saw more of during these days of #NotAllWhiteWomen. She has looked white feminism and political whiteness in the eyes and delivered a much-needed reckoning. It is exhausting to both fight political whiteness and explain to white women what that whiteness is, how it benefits them and why the status quo must end if we are all to be free.’ -Mona Eltahawy As a feminist bookshop, we regularly have publishers pitching us books by women that we are “going to...

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LIFE RAFT IV: GOLNOOSH NOUR, QUEER STORIES FROM IRAN & BEYOND

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“A short story is a love affair, a novel is a marriage. A short story is a photograph; a novel is a film.” ― Lorrie Moore Moore is one of my favourite writers, her own acerbic, quick-witted, deeply humane writing was my gateway to the joys of short fiction - from her, I fell hard for Kurt Vonnegut, Lydia Davis, Kirsty Logan, Jeanette Winterson, Carmen Maria Machado, Nawal El-Saadawi, Ursula K. Le Guin, Kate Chopin, Zora Neale Hurston, James Baldwin and Emma Donoghue. With my nerves and attention span a little frayed I’ve found myself drawn back to these collections and...

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ERIS YOUNG: FINDING SPACE TO GRIEVE, AND TO HEAL

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What a mess of a month March was! But it is over. Finally. And I’m hoping that the month of April will give us a sense of normalcy, routine and stability - even if the new normal is something none of us could have anticipated! I’m sitting down to start this blog post for the third time: each time my personal circumstances and mental state have been different and each time (though hopefully not this time) I’ve not been able to bring myself to finish the post. So I’ll try to keep it short this time. I don’t particularly want...

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LIFE RAFT III: SWAY - DR PRAGYA AGRWAL UNRAVELS UNCONSCIOUS BIAS

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One of the 2020 books we are most excited about is Sway - and though we now can’t physically throw copies at absolutely everyone as planned, we are STILL excited, and we can still shout about it. Pragya’s book is a vital and fascinating study of prejudices - how we all have them, and what that means for the world we live in and interact with. Anyone who is genuinely committed to building an anti racist, feminist future that includes our disabled, queer and marginalised communities - should really read this book. Because it’s brilliantly written and thoroughly enjoyable, but also because it is...

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LIFE RAFT I : SAMANTHA CLARK ON THE THINGS WE CANNOT KNOW...

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LIFE RAFT I : SAMANTHA CLARK ON THE THINGS WE CANNOT KNOW...

Our companion for the very first #LighthouseLifeRaft is Scottish artist and writer Samantha Clark!   Samantha’s gentle wisdom and warmth and resilience is just the kind of soul soothing we deserve just now. So get yourself a wee brew and pull up a stool, so we can tell you more about The Clearing! The Clearing is an artists’ reflection on family and a powerful account of what we must do with the things we cannot know. I’ll let Samantha set the scene for us, here she is with a wee 3 minute reading: “For a long time I forgot the lesson of...

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