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Making more monsters: Blood and Ice, Liz Lochhead, Sewell Barn Theatre

“Feminism is like the hoovering: you just have to keep doing it,” once said Liz Lochhead, former Makar (poet laureate) of Scotland; and Lochhead has been true to her word, with a distinguished literary career often featuring feminist icons: Medea, Mary Queen of Scots, and here Mary Godwin, daughter of pioneering thinker Mary Wollstonecraft (author of… 1,002 more words

Theatre

In Search of Mary Shelley review: A life of monsters and men

Fiona Sampson gives the ‘Frankenstein’ author’s hard life a compelling immediacy

For 200 years, the freewheeling, chaotic lives of the Romantic poets, replete with sexual emancipation, elopement, teenage pregnancies and tragic death, have provided biographers with abundant riches. 786 more words

  The Reanimator Down The Street

Content Warning: This story deals with the historical death of a child and imagines a supernatural take on the events afterwards.

My dearest Thomas, my baby is dead—will you come to see me as soon as you can.

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Historical Fiction

The Comforters by Muriel Spark

Starting out 2018 with fantastic reads, coming into my year of Muriel Spark with gusto. Having finished her first novel, The Comforters, I see great joy lies ahead – not that I doubted that one second. 1,079 more words

Reading Challenges

Shelley

Mary stands barefoot on the kitchen linoleum, in front of the sink with the tap not running, one hand resting, flat, on the rim of a glass with no water in it yet. 1,272 more words

Writing

Write Expecting to be Read: Mary Shelley's Journals

When I was younger – maybe eleven or twelve – my mother told me never to write down anything I didn’t want someone else to read. 505 more words

Writing

English Literature: Frankenstein

Frankenstein, written by Mary Shelley and published in 1818, follows the story of Victor Frankenstein reanimating a dead body and his guilt following on from this event. 174 more words

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