It’s time to wrap up and give you all a snapshot of this week’s posts, podcasts, YouTube videos, books and other bits and bobs that have had me clickety clicking online and missing my stop on the morning commute ’cause I’m so engrossed!
The Journal is a new feature on my blog capturing my time online and otherwise.
This is a story of two very different (but sort of similar…maybe? I will let you decide!) Will Graysons’. They bump into each other one evening and this leads to both of them affecting each other’s lives.
Fact: the book review for Yes Please by Amy Poehler on my blog has not been written by me. It was written by a friend, a contributor who has also contributed the Feminist Beyonce series. However I have long since read Yes Please by Amy Poehler and I decided to share some of my favourite quotes.
I interviewed Melinda Salisbury author of The Sin Eater’s Daughter. Melinda (Mel) likes to travel, and have adventures. She also likes medieval castles, non-medieval aquariums, Richard III, and all things Scandinavian. The Sin Eater’s Daughter is her first novel. Mel has recently announced the second book in the series: The Sleeping Prince.
As part of the graduate series on my blog, I interviewed a friend about her recent role in the creative industry (TV). We chatted jobs, life after university, misconceptions and feminism. We also chatted about the rest of our lives and realising things aren’t always, maybe never, the way they are painted. Don’t forget to read previous graduate profile posts if you’ve missed out!
North Korean defector Yeonmi Park is A 23 year old who has seen her mother raped, crossed the Gobi Desert and watched neighbours disappear. On Monday evening she stood in front of me at Penguin HQ London to tell the story of her life, worried and astonished by the bloggers/vloggers in the room wondering if they would understand the suffering she has gone through and being mind-boggled by the ‘job description’ of these internet people. She answered questions with grace, humour and selflessness. We all have something we bury inside ourselves but Yeonmi decided to sacrifice this. She has shared her story through her book In Order To Live at the cost of her privacy, a luxury she recognises she cannot have as an activist.
Over the last couple of week I’ve had the courtesy of meeting and becoming friends with Melinda Salisbury author of debut novel The Sin Eater’s Daughter. A beautiful, intelligent, kind, Harry Potter obsessed, opinionated feminist – she tries to be scary but I think it is all pretence, she’s a softy really. Strangely enough after my first conversation with Mel, she asked me not to read her book – so I ordered it that evening. For your information this review will contain spoilers.
The wave of popularised feminism-has launched itself on the big screen. Meryl Streep interviewed with Time Out London but her accompanying photoshoot made everything else insignificant. She has been criticised for posing in a t-shirt titled ‘I’d rather be a rebel than a slave’ to promote her latest movie Suffragette. The quote can genuinely be interpreted as reference for slavery and the confederacy. The team who authorised this campaign either choose to ignore the backlash this slogan could bring or didn’t care. I am deeply disappointed in Streep, for someone who can read and understand, how did she not use her own intellect in this situation. Originally the line comes from a speech delivered by Mrs Pankhurst in 1913 who was one of the real-life founders of the Women’s Social and Political Union.
Before I talk about this book: Elizabeth is Missing, it is important to know that dementia is an illness that is close to my heart. I worked very closely with people with dementia for several years and my Nanna suffers with dementia too. My Nanna has been my second parent along with my mum and I lived with them until I was nearly 27. It is vital to know this because this affects the way I read, understood and absorbed Elizabeth is Missing.