review

Dumplin’: A Solid End to a Bad Year for Fat Representation

This review contains some minor spoilers for the new Netflix film, Dumplin’ – 2018 hasn’t been a fantastic year for fat media. Insatiable gave us a thin actress in a fat suit, and a storyline saying she could only be popular and get revenge once she lost weight from being physically incapable …

Book Review: ‘Convenience Store Woman’ by Sayaka Murata

Society has certain expectations of how people are meant to live their lives – certainly in other countries these expectations can vary but ultimately, they are often one and the same. Good job, marriage, kids – the trifecta of expectation, but sometimes we are a square peg and, despite our …

Book Review: A Beginner’s Guide to Being Mental by Natasha Devon

“If climate change or capitalism doesn’t cause the apocalypse first, it might very well be heralded by the collective loss of our minds,” Natasha Devon states in the introduction to ‘A Beginner’s Guide to Being Mental’. “This book is therefore my attempt to save the world. No pressure then…” This …

Roxane Gay’s Hunger Challenges Toxic Societal Norms

Trigger Warning: Discussion of rape, difficult relationships with food Roxane Gay’s memoir, Hunger, is intensely moving. And although she refers to it as a “confession”, it can undoubtedly be considered a personal story with implications for us all. Gay confronts the unimaginable pain of her past with bravery, and in …

Film Review: Black Panther

Last Thursday night, celebrities headed down to the Eventim Apollo for the European premier of the movie Black Panther.  Stormzy, Michaela Cole and John Boyega were just some the faces who walked the red carpet in true Black Panther style, incorporating their traditional wear in their outfits. “Of course this …

Book Review: Evening Primrose by Kopano Matlwa

Kopano Matlwa has been described as ‘South Africa’s Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’ for her approach to this heartfelt examination of xenophobia, South African society, mental health, family and hope. Set in post-apartheid South Africa, this 150 page four part novel is written as a series of journal entries by Masechaba, a …

Great British Bake Off Recap: The Final

Hands up who’s still sporting their I Survived Halloween 2017 Without Prue Leith Ruining the Bake Off Final For Me badge? It’s Channel 4’s debut Bake Off Final and, before it’s even started, someone’s already dropped a clanger (and it wasn’t Kate this time).  It’s a shame, although it did …

Great British Bake Off Recap Semi Final: Patisserie

It’s the semi-final of the Great British Bake Off, and in honour of the occasion Noel is urging a chicken called Michael to lay an egg. You know, I really wasn’t sure going into this, but I really have come to appreciate Noel as a Bake Off presenter. Not sure …

Great British Bake Off Recap E8: Forgotten Bakes

It’s forgotten bakes week on the Great British Bake Off so it’s very on theme that I would rather forget this week happened. Yes, I am having a tantrum. Liam is crowned King of Everything and Stacey finally gets told off for baking a paper pie, the end. I SAID …