I started off the year with all of my grand plans, smug as you like, and sure enough, karma put me back in my place. And when I say ‘karma’, I mean Past Martha, who is laughing hysterically at me in some parallel universe.
One evening last week, I found myself sitting in the cinema watching Gary Oldman strutting around in what was presumably a fat suit and copious amounts of facial prosthetics. The visual transformation into Winston Churchill was quite remarkable (and I believe has been nominated for an award) and Oldman’s performance was certainly convincing. However, I found myself preoccupied, pondering our national obsession with World War Two.
“I realise that it is a rare privilege to be present and to serve those who are approaching their unmaking. I was discovering that I was not afraid of death; rather, I was in awe of it, and of its impact on our lives.”
NEW YEAR, NEW ME! CLEAN EATING! YOGA! LEARN MANDARIN!
I’m already exhausted, can I go back to bed? Continue reading “Reading || The Unread Shelf Project & 2018 Goals”
Okay team, in the last post we made it all the way to number 6, but will you agree with the top 5?? SO MUCH PRESSURE!
It’s that time of year when I stumble around feeling all the emotions related to having to answer the question “what’s the best book you read this year?”…confusion…fear…96 down to 1 ARE YOU CRAZY?!
Autism is many things. But it is seldom what it is perceived by people to be. It isn’t a tragedy. It isn’t a ravaged life. It isn’t an entity that destroys lives. It isn’t a disease.
– Morenike Giwa Onaiwu
All the Weight of Our Dreams is the first ever anthology written entirely by autistic women of colour, brought to us by the Autism Women’s Network. Featuring essays, poetry and artwork from 61 writers and artists, it talks about how ableism intersects with other oppressions; particularly racism but also sexism and homophobia.
For my first Instagram readalong, I spent the last few days reading Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. It’s certainly set the bar high… Continue reading “Reading || Half of a Yellow Sun”
Last year, on International Women’s Day, I talked about how my experience of sexual assault brought feminism crashing into my life. This year, I’m celebrating the books that have kept it going and offering recommendations for anyone who wants to find out more…
Say it with me – HOW IS IT ALREADY FEBRUARY?!