Shameful (non) self-promotion

CW: confidence issues, mental health, the world. Last week, I was talking on the phone with my DSA mental health mentor. She was asking me how I was doing with my dissertation proposal, and I told her in honesty that I hadn’t had the opportunity to work on it in the past couple of weeks: … Continue reading Shameful (non) self-promotion

Summertime Radness: Los Santos

Content warning for mostly simulated violence and alcohol use. Mural at Sinners Passage. The other day, I woke up and hopped on my motorcycle to go to a nightclub called Tony’s Fun House. The Bosnian DJ Solomun was playing a flawless set, closing with a core-shattering remix of Leonard Cohen’s swan song “You Want it … Continue reading Summertime Radness: Los Santos

Leics LGBT Centre Youth poetry contest winners

(featured image: Unsplash) Image: Cynthia smiling and staring into the camera, doing the peace sign. T-shirt from Weirdo Zine Fest, nails from Elegant Touch, scarf from Primark, fingerless gloves knitted by herself. The lovely folks from Leicester LGBT Centre invited me to judge their latest poetry contest for members of their social youth groups First … Continue reading Leics LGBT Centre Youth poetry contest winners

Leicester on lock

My city is on the news as 866 new COVID-19 infections were confirmed in the first two weeks of June. That's one quarter of Leicester's total since the beginning of lockdown. There were initially rumours about returning Leicester to lockdown, but now the proposal is to continue the current level of restriction (which is very … Continue reading Leicester on lock

Performative allyship won’t lead to black liberation

(featured image source: Nappy.co) Note: as a non-black person of colour, it's not up to me to decide what will and won't lead to black liberation. It is not up to me to call myself an ally either, since calling yourself an ally is a performative sign. The final decision lies on the people. This … Continue reading Performative allyship won’t lead to black liberation

Bentfest talks

Next week, Bentfest will host a series of talks on their Instagram Live if you want to tune in. The queer punk London festival will host a few of us at 6pm BST: Images: Bentfest. Monday, 18th May, Kirsty Fife zine reading and discussion of class, DIY politics, academia and more. Tuesday, 19th May, Sop … Continue reading Bentfest talks

Update on date

With the whole pandemic going on, this year's Burning Eye Books releases are staggered. A lot of release parties postponed, cancelled or moved to online (again, gotta love an online event). So, it looks like Meanwhile will be released in October instead of September. Will add more updates as time goes by, including book release … Continue reading Update on date

Queers & Co. podcast interview

It's my birthday today. 34 years old now, and we're mostly celebrating indoors watching television and cuddling the cat. Coincidentally, I got another present: my interview on Gem Kennedy's Queers & Co. podcast is out now. For a bit more than half an hour, I talk to Gem about Anglophilia and soft power, racism in … Continue reading Queers & Co. podcast interview

Isolated proximity in pandemic times

CW: COVID-19, health risk, self-isolation, quarantine These times are scary and uncertain. People are ill and dying due to selfishness and inconsideration from the government and the general public. It was not until this week that universities and other institutions shifted their services from presential to online, while pubs and leisure centres were only closed … Continue reading Isolated proximity in pandemic times

Book Review: Dean Atta – The Black Flamingo

Featured picture: Kings Place. The first Young Adult verse novel in Dean Atta's catalogue, feels like a warm hug to my inner child, inner teenager, inner baby queer. We grow through over 300 pages (over three hours as an audiobook — you must listen to the poets read their work whenever you can) along Michael's … Continue reading Book Review: Dean Atta – The Black Flamingo