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Bridgewater International Poetry Festival: Day Two

The festival opened up a bit today with some great informal post-reading discussions. Poet Susan Facknitz closed up the morning readings and in the time remaining helped lead and facilitate a wide-ranging discussion on the role of poetry and its possibilities in the age of internet memes and the 140-character tweet. 368 more words


'The Bloody Chamber' review

The Bloody Chamber, by Angela Carter

I won’t even try to hide the fact that I adore the work of Angela Carter. I have been meaning to read  472 more words


Books About: Vampires

I feel like vampires are a recurring theme in literature, and have I ever talked about them? Nope. I decided it was time to remedy that, and present to you some of my favourite books that involve vampires. 419 more words


The Magic Toyshop - Angela Carter’s wonderfully strange novel.

‘The summer she was fifteen, Melanie discovered she was beautiful. O, my America, my new found land. She embarked on a tranced voyage, exploring the whole of herself, clambering her own mountain ranges, penetrating the moist richness of her secret valleys, a physiological Cortez, da Gama or Mungo Park. 696 more words

Women Writers

The Bloody Chamber - Angela Carter

Angela Carter is an incredible author, and The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories is one of her most interesting works. In this collection of 10 short stories, Carter takes on a number of well-known fairy tales and reimagines them with a feminist slant. 351 more words

Book Review

Short Story Series: Part Two

I adore reading short stories, and don’t see many reviews of collections on blogs in comparison to novels and the like.  I thought that I would make a weekly series to showcase short stories, and point interested readers in the direction of some of my favourite collections.  938 more words