Feminist Sunday #9

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Feminist Sunday is a weekly roundup of all the articles/threads/news/discoveries that include or are about women which have caught my attention and/or interest.

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A while has passed without any posts! I’ve relocated again – this time back to Asia. Again, I had no WiFi in my apartment, which made updating the blog quite difficult so I just decided to give up for a while. However, now that the new job has settled down and I am finally connected to the world I am back to regular posting!

In the meantime I’ve been able to do quite a lot of reading. I’ve caught up on a few review copies I received earlier in the year. I will slowly be posting my reviews of these in the upcoming weeks. Some may actually appear before their publication date (fingers crossed). I’ve also read a couple of the Women’s Prize for Fiction Shortlist books – Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie and Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward. They were both absolutely stunning and had me in tears by the time they reached their tragically inevitable conclusions. Currently I’m reading Zadie Smith’s newest book, Swing Time. I love the way she can bring London so clearly and vividly to the mind. She never ceases to make me feel a little homesick. In the next few months I hope to finally read some of her earlier work, like White Teeth and On Beauty. I just can’t believe that I’ve only really discovered her in the past year!

Delving back into what’s been happening in the world, here is my list of interesting bookish-feminist related things I’ve found on the web from the week (or two) just gone:

  • Although originally published last year, For Books’ Sake have a wonderful feature on Arundhati Roy’s second novel, The Ministry of Upmost Happiness, published twenty years after her iconic and beautifully tragic debut, The God of Small Things. This is definitely high up on my TBR list!

 

  • Another link to For Books’ Sake – and again it was originally published a few years ago – but I found it so inspiring and full of brilliant female writers that everyone needs in their lives: A Guide to Literary Self-Care.

 

 

 

  • Since being cut off from the internet for a few months, I’ve only just come across Reni Eddo-Lodge’s podcast, About Race. You can listen to all the episodes on Radio Public.

 

 

  • It was practically impossible to avoid the royal wedding this weekend, here is a really interesting article from the BBC on what it means to have a mixed-race identity in the UK.

 

  • I wish I was back in London next weekend to attend Bare Lit Festival – celebrating writers of colour through readings and discussions, performances and debates, industry insights, networking and workshops.

 

  • I’ve only read one book by Rachel Cusk when I was at university and I wasn’t very enthused by her writing. However, I like the sound of her recent trilogy of which the latest, Kudos, has been released. As the Guardian states: A daringly truthful trilogy concludes.

 

  • I am excited for the release of Shatila Stories by Peirene Press in June! Written by nine Syrian and Palestinian refugee writers – six women and three men between the ages of 20 and 43 – living in the Shatila Refugee Camp in Beirut, Shatila Stories is a collaborative work of fiction that came into being through a Kickstarter campaign last year.

 

 

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