On reflection: a woman’s place is anywhere but home?

It’s the time of year to draw breath, reflect, and clarify intentions for the new year ahead. This morning was exceptionally quiet in my noisy house, so I looked back through my long list of half-finished, unpublished blog posts. I may publish some of them, as they are a first draft of history. My preoccupations […]

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5 best new books of 2021

This was not a year for devouring high volumes of newly-published books. I’m ultra-picky about what I spend my time reading, so here are five books that moved me, and that I would wholeheartedly recommend as worth buying, or making sure your library has a copy. Widowland – CJ Carey This page-turning dystopian thriller perfectly […]

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Review: dreamtime by venetia welby

paperback, £12, Salt This remarkable, disturbing work of literary fiction is like Heart of Darkness meets The Tempest. Revisiting the Animal Groom fairytale, it is set in the not-too-distant future, when humans are clinging onto existence by their fingernails thanks to environmental devastation. The human and environmental costs of violent, dominating masculinity are inescapable. At […]

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In conversation with Joan Smith

I was privileged to speak with novelist, essayist, columnist and human rights campaigner Joan Smith about her fiction and non-fiction writing, long walks, and combating men’s violence against women.  It was the non-fiction bestseller Misogynies(1989) that brought me to Joan’s work after she spoke up for women’s free expression in the summer of 2019, when a […]

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Who’s the bully, again?

Here are the things that happened since we published our open letter to the Women’s Prize on 6th April 2021. Have a read and make up your mind who was attempting to “malign or bully” whom. — while we expected the silent treatment, the opposite happened: — 30,000 views of the letter in 24 hours […]

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