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REVIEW: The Pirate Mums by Jodie Lancet-Grant & Lydia Corry

January 12, 2022

I love seeing us reflected in stories and with young people it’s really important that they can see themselves as key parts of fun, engaging and constructive narratives. The Pirate Mums is all of that, inclusive to the bone, celebratory of LGBTQ+ families and lives and very gently challenging of prejudice but most of all it’s a rollicking good story.

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REVIEW: Ace of Spades by Faridah Abike-Iyimide

December 10, 2021

If you like books about sinister powerful elitist organisations who use all sorts of nefarious tricks to keep their holds on power you’ll love this book, but look in the mirror as it’s not a conspiracy thriller but the fictionalised narrative of institutionalised racism and individual prejudice focused against  brilliant students told by a loud proud Queer Black voice. 

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REVIEW: Guy UsinU – Oil & fetish

December 2, 2021

The book is an evocative and crepuscular exploration not just of the people and places of Brighton but also the psycho-sexual geography of the artist themselves. Where they lay, pause, linger, what they see, feel and embrace, and what they leave in the echoes of desire, control and abandonment which are captured with such fine detail.   A superb gift for anyone interested in sensual or fetish art, the colour and imagery seduce and draws you in, holding the viewers’ attention. 

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REVIEW: The Transgender Issue by Shon Faye

November 20, 2021

Keeping the emphasis on change,  clearly detailing the harm caused by the current toxic situation but keeping the attention on hope, on what could and should be done by everyone interested in real equality to achieve it by working in solidarity.  This is a book which offers us a way onward, to a better future.

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