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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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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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