Book Review: Small Acts of Disappearance: Essays on Hunger by Fiona Wright

Review by Elaine Mead I’ve seen Fiona Wright speak twice on festival panels, once at the Feminist Writers Festival in Sydney last year, and earlier this year at Perth Writers Week. She has a lovely stage presence, a sharp sense of humour and a way of delivering her insights that belies their depth. She is […]

The Trope of the Mad Genius: Romanticising Mental Health in Art

Words by Emily Fuller Most of you have stumbled across the label of the ‘mad genius’. A historic plethora of writers, painters, sculptors and filmmakers alike have been sealed, stamped and delivered as this dangerously marvellous package of unhinged creativity and cleverness. In popular culture, an artist’s mental health is a measurement of their creative […]

The Expensive Double-Edged Sword: Pursuing Meaning in a Consumerist World

Words by Emily Fuller I am no stranger to the trap of consumerism, and all of its promise of romance and glimmer for your life. From so early, we are taught that in order to attain happiness and contentment we must be in pursuit of the endless array of products that are marketed tantalisingly before […]

The art of travel & the difficulty of being ‘in the moment’

Words by Elaine Mead “The pleasure we derive from journeys is perhaps dependent more on the mindset with which we travel than on the destination we travel to.”  – Alain de Botton There are many experiences in life where society tells us we are supposed to feel certain things or react in certain ways. There […]