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Feminism and gender politics in Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale

Long read: Feminism or fascism – which wins out in Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale?

Gene Wilder in the 1971 film version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Charlie & the Chocolate Factory: blessed are the meek

Not only does Charlie and the Chocolate Factory have very biblical undertones, but the odds are stacked in Charlie’s favour from the start: he was ALWAYS going to win.

2017 spelled out in fireworks

The art, films TV & audio that made 2017 shine

What is the internet FOR, if not an entirely subjective review of the year – the year being 2017. Here are the podcasts, films, art exhibitions and books that made 2017 burn a little brighter.

Black and white landscape - clouds and fells seen from Caldbeck, Cumbria

Line of beauty, heart of darkness – a Percy Kelly retrospective

“It’s England, and I love England,” Cumbrian-born artist Percy Kelly once said. His work went much deeper than that, conveying a dark sense of self and the North.

Loose Associations (TPG), Cathedral of the Pines edition

A grand madness: Cathedral of the Pines

I’m almost convinced I’m being catfished: Cathedral of the Pines is almost too good to believe, or too real to be believable.