What I learnt from dropping my phone down the toilet

On a seemingly pleasant and crisp Saturday morning I was sitting on the toilet, scrolling through my Facebook feed on my iPhone when (of course) my butterfingers let it glide straight into the toilet bowl. In my cheapest attempt to resuscitate it, it has been sitting in an airtight bag of rice. After the initial shock, … More What I learnt from dropping my phone down the toilet

the princess saves herself in this one by Amanda Lovelace

As someone who absolutely adored Rupi Kaur’s collection of poems Milk and Honey, I was delight to be gifted with Amanda Lovelace’s the princess saves herself in this one, not least because at first glance the poetesses present their poetry in a similar fashion, delivering the force of their words as much with the unconventional print of … More the princess saves herself in this one by Amanda Lovelace

How the (UG) University Fee Increase anticipated Lecturers’ Pension Cuts

1962 Maintenance grants are introduced for students to cover tuition fees and living expenses.  1980 Students grants are increased from £380 to £1,430.  1989 The Tories freeze grants and introduce student loans. Grants of up to £2,265 remains available for poorer students, and loans of up to £420 are available to all applicants.  1997 David Blunkett, the Labour Education … More How the (UG) University Fee Increase anticipated Lecturers’ Pension Cuts

What if

We’re always told never to dwell too much on the what if. The what can no longer be, because you decided to take one path instead of the other, to leave that person for another, to forsake a dream for comfortability and all the while you wonder what happened to the endless juvenile possibilities. I … More What if

Black Panther: Why it’s the representation we’ve been waiting for

Set in the mythical kingdom of Wakanda, Black Panther is effectively a bitter-sweet glimpse into the realm of possibility of what Africa could have become, had its resources never been plundered by its colonisers– a reality which, unfortunately, we’ll never actually be able to know.  Nonetheless, this doesn’t in the least take away from the empowering … More Black Panther: Why it’s the representation we’ve been waiting for

Another Country by James Baldwin

Another Country tells the stories of individuals entangled in an artist circle, striving to love and be loved amid the searing climate of racial and sexual complexities. Set in New York in the 1950s, with the civil rights movements all the while simmering under the surface, Baldwin recounts stories of another country, in its multifaceted dimensions of Eric’s … More Another Country by James Baldwin