The Pick of Online Film: XX

The Pick of Online Film: XX

The horror genre often serves as a crucible for the film industry; countless directors, writers and actors found their start in the proving ground of the thriller. And so it seems especially poignant to note that, at the feet of Wonder Woman’s continued worldwide...

Brody Dalle: Punk Queen

Brody Dalle: Punk Queen

2003 shaped my life. I finally reached double digits (plus the lofty heights of Year 6 to boot) and, perhaps more importantly, School of Rock was released. After being brought up on the Beatles, 70s guitar music and being a total goody two-shoes, this was my jam. One...

Margery Kempe: The Moaning Mystic

Margery Kempe: The Moaning Mystic

Margery Kempe, the subject of the self-dictated Book of Margery Kempe – often referred to as the first autobiography in the English language – is well known in medieval literary circles, albeit perhaps begrudgingly. She was, and continues to be, a woman difficult to...

Trailblazers: Eight Women Who Rewrote The Rules

Trailblazers: Eight Women Who Rewrote The Rules

As International Women’s Day falls on the 8th March, I thought it fitting I lay out eight condensed histories of high-achieving women with whom you may not be familiar. As with literature, music, art, and theatre, it’s easy to fall back on the same examples, the same...

George Eliot: The Female Shakespeare

George Eliot: The Female Shakespeare

George Eliot’s Middlemarch was ranked number one in the BBC’s 2015 list of the greatest British novels.[1] Six in the top ten were novels by women, which is pleasing to note this week of International Women’s Day, but George Eliot sits atop the throne as the greatest...

Sondheim’s Rhymes: Pointing Sense

Sondheim’s Rhymes: Pointing Sense

Rhyme is a device to which Stephen Sondheim pays meticulously precise care and attention; he opens Finishing the Hat, the first volume of his 2010 autobiography, with an essay entitled Rhyme and its Reasons. Alexander Pope wrote in 1711 of the power of “sure returns...

Ed Sheeran and the Romance of Class

Ed Sheeran and the Romance of Class

In December 2015 Ed Sheeran announced a break from his phone, emails, and social media. Explaining his reasoning on Instagram, Sheeran blamed “miss[ing]” things in the real world because of technology’s reliance on “seeing the world through a screen”[1]. The idea is...