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, […]

An Ode To The Thin-Skins: How emotional sensitivity is not just valid but vital

Words by Emily Fuller I have always been a sensitive soul. Maybe even thin-skinned, if you will. I get heart palpitations that thump thump thump at the mere sight of a close friend crying until their eyes dry up. My clammy hands can sometimes become a breeding ground for nervous energy as my head endures […]

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 […]