Review of Antigone Rising: The Subversive Power of the Ancient Myths, Helen Morales

A fascinating and sometimes damning exploration of how classical mythology has been used by the Western world to either perpetuate patriarchal norms and expectations or to dismantle them. Morales gives long needed attention too to how myth can be subverted by women, people of colour and the LGBTQ+ community; she reveals the intersectional nature of … Continue reading Review of Antigone Rising: The Subversive Power of the Ancient Myths, Helen Morales

Review of We Have Always Been Here: A Queer Muslim Memoir, Samra Habib

Habib’s memoir is beautiful and found me at just the right time. Not only does she write openly and movingly about being queer and her relationship with Islam, Habib also writes about coming of age and childhood trauma in a way which has forever touched me. The prevalence of belonging in this memoir is what … Continue reading Review of We Have Always Been Here: A Queer Muslim Memoir, Samra Habib

Review of All Boys Aren’t Blue, George M. Johnson

George M. Johnson’s memoir, All Boys Aren’t Blue, has been described as unflinching and I have to agree. Written for young adults about growing up Black and queer, Johnson’s four act memoir honestly and hopefully provides the reader with a lived experience which can be learned from and reassures that those who feel unseen, deserve … Continue reading Review of All Boys Aren’t Blue, George M. Johnson

Review of Beowulf: A Verse Translation, Andrew Carnabuci

This review was first published on Reedsy Discovery. Taking on a text which has been translated again and again for centuries is no mean feat; especially when walking in the footsteps of a scholar like Tolkein. But, Carnabuci’s translation, I believe, successfully bridges the gap between early, Latinised translations of Beowulf and Heaney’s somewhat prosaic … Continue reading Review of Beowulf: A Verse Translation, Andrew Carnabuci

Advance Review of History of Present Complaint, HLR

History of Present Complaint by HLR cleverly interweaves the terrifying past with the equally frightening present. HLR’s debut is brave and raw as she stoutly refuses to shy away from the palatable. This collection of poetry and prose transgresses boundaries and will evoke a deep-seated grief and ache within any reader.  HLR’s work focuses on … Continue reading Advance Review of History of Present Complaint, HLR