For as long as I can remember, I have always wanted to be pretty. What ‘pretty’ meant was a mystery to me. In some ways, it still remains one. In the eyes of many African and Asian girls, ‘pretty’ entails Eurocentric features. Lighter pigmentation, lighter eye colour, a narrow nose; everything that is connected… Continue reading Trapped by Eurocentric Beauty: the Ubiquity of Skin Bleaching
To celebrate Pride month, we’ve put together a list of eight feel-good queer movies. It can be quite a slog to uncover the gems in this relatively uncharted category. Those that are out there are not without problems, with sparse representation of people of colour, trans, and intersex characters across the board. Things are getting better,… Continue reading 8 Feel-Good Queer Movies To Brighten Up Your Day
I first started reading LGBTQIA+ webcomics around the age of 14, when I accidentally stumbled upon a Japanese genre called Yaoi and Shounen ai. Translated as ‘boy love’, these are genres that depict a love story between two males, and are quite popular in both Japanese manga (comics) and anime (animation). At the time it was hard… Continue reading Unrestrained Voices: 10 Diverse LGBTQIA+ Webcomics To Read
Mosney was supposed to be a short-term solution. 18 years on, the campus houses over 600 people. Newcomers to Ireland who have already faced years of instability are forced to spend months, and often years, in direct provision centres such as Mosney. In a recent piece, I argued that Ireland’s long history with emigration… Continue reading Cabin Fever in Mosney: Can We End the Isolation of Direct Provision?
From the rubble of WWII destruction, The Dark Circle tells the story of a pair of Jewish twins, Lenny and Miriam, whose lives are put on hold by a tuberculosis diagnosis. We are introduced to the microcosm of the sanatorium, where patients from all backgrounds and walks of life are thrown together, in some cases… Continue reading The Dark Circle: Love and Rebellion in the time of TB
Ayobami Adebayo’s first novel, Stay With Me, was recently shortlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction. This stunning debut explores motherhood, marriage, and the pain of sickle-cell disease through the eyes of Yejide and Akin, a young couple living in 1980s’ Nigeria. We spoke with Ayobami to delve deeper into the social pressures of… Continue reading Ayobami Adebayo talks Nigerian Motherhood and Literary Inspirations
Going into The Sport of Kings I wasn’t sure what to expect. Described as a story of “racism and justice,” the majority of the story confused me. The novel focuses on the generations of the Forge family – an old and powerful family in Kentucky. We are first introduced to the family as young Henry… Continue reading The Sport of Kings: The Tyrannical Reign of Powerful, White Men