Book Review: An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

Review by Emily Fuller Newlyweds Roy and Celestial are living the dream of the New South. Roy, an extremely industrious and entrepreneurial young black man, has fought his way out of the middle-class confines whilst securing both a study scholarship and a marriage to Celestial along the way. Everything about their marriage oozes love, dedication […]

Book Review: Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton

Review by Emily Fuller When you begin to wonder if life is really just waiting for buses on Tottenham Court Road and ordering books you’ll never read off Amazon; in short, you are having an existential crisis. You are realizing the mundanity of life. You are finally understanding how little point there is to anything. […]

Jane, Emily and Me: Finding your spirit through the practice of reading

Words by Emily Fuller My affinity for reading presented itself from a very early age. I was always entranced by the literary gateways that would open up before me, offering passage into another world of the fiction and the fantastic. I would run, jump and swim through words to escape a reality of my own, […]

Book Review: Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams

Review by Emily Fuller “I wished that well-meaning white liberals would think before they said things that they thought were perfectly innocent.”  Queenie Jenkins is a 25 year-old Jamaican-British woman living in the hustle and bustle of London, walking a fine line between two cultures and yet never seeming to find her sense of place […]

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 […]