The lack of black authors included on English curriculum reading lists, how it is depriving us of a tool to educate children on black history and how it highlights the clear remnants of systematic racism.

Some of my favourite writers are black, yet I discovered them because I did extra reading and research, the curriculum is missing some ground-breaking historical works by black authors e.g. Maya Angelou, James Baldwin, Langston Hughes, Alice Walker and in more recent years, Malorie Blackman. And incorporating works that were actually used alongside music and public protests to create social change in the 60’s is never not going to be important, inspiring and informative, so why don’t we include more of them?

Bob Dylan’s new chilling and retrospective song ‘Murder Most Foul’ and how it confirms the eternal genius of a masterful poet in a modern world.

By Mollie Campbell. When I woke up this morning, I didn’t think I would be in for a treat this big…a brand new Bob Dylan song. And after one listen through, it is, in my opinion, one of his greatest works since he burst onto the folk scene in the 60’s. As a lifelong fanContinue reading “Bob Dylan’s new chilling and retrospective song ‘Murder Most Foul’ and how it confirms the eternal genius of a masterful poet in a modern world.”

After we make it to the other side of this pandemic, let us never take the beauty of life for granted again.

By Mollie Campbell Throughout this surreal period of self-isolation and social distancing, I have been re-reading some of my favourite poetry books/authors. Despite this pandemic, I don’t want to take this time for granted, so instead of going on social media/using technology every 10 minutes, I am going back to basics. We may not beContinue reading “After we make it to the other side of this pandemic, let us never take the beauty of life for granted again.”

All the Bright Places – Movie review

By Mollie Campbell Title: All the bright places Network: Netflix Genre: Romantic –Drama Cast: Elle Fanning, Justice Smith, Alexandra Shipp, Virginia Gardner Rating: 8/10 * CONTAINS SPOILERS Having never heard of the book, when I saw the title for ‘All the bright Places’ on Netflix, I thought I was just signing up for a clichéContinue reading “All the Bright Places – Movie review”

Quotes from ‘Nine Perfect Strangers’ that really stood out and impacted me.

By Mollie Campbell. It is ironic that Nine Perfect Strangers is about cleansing the body and reaching enlightenment, because at the end of this book I felt such a strong sense of clarity it was as if I had been on this transformative retreat, only without the psychotic twist and borderline torture…! Despite some faults,Continue reading “Quotes from ‘Nine Perfect Strangers’ that really stood out and impacted me.”

‘Nine Perfect Strangers’ – book review.

By Mollie Campbell. Contains Spoilers Book: Nine Perfect Strangers Author: Liane Moriarty Genre: Mystery, Crime, Thriller Rating: 9 ½ out of 10.   Nine Perfect Strangers, where do I begin? As a fan of Liane Moriarty’s ‘Big Little Lies’, I was immediately attracted to this book. Whilst the blurb was short and concise, I wasContinue reading “‘Nine Perfect Strangers’ – book review.”

My favourite quotes from ‘Turning for Home’.

By Mollie Campbell. “People tried to make out what was happening, but there was a shore they couldn’t venture beyond. So they watched from the strandline and tried to imagine how cold the water must be. Then shouted out from time to time that I really should eat, I really should lift myself up outContinue reading “My favourite quotes from ‘Turning for Home’.”

‘Turning for Home’ – book review.

Author: Barney Norris Genre:  Contemporary fiction, family, loss Rating: 7/10 “Things rise up and claim you, and mark you for greatness or mark you for tragedy, and the route of your life is mapped by forces entirely beyond you”. Turning for Home is written in the format of two different perspectives, with each chapter belongingContinue reading “‘Turning for Home’ – book review.”

Netflix’s ‘After Life’ – Season 1 Review

By Mollie Campbell Genre: Dark-Comedy, Drama Cast: Ricky Gervais, David Bradley, Penelope Wilton, Ashley Jensen, Tom Basden Rating: 9/10 As someone who has experienced the turmoil that is grief first-hand, on multiple occasions, I am naturally very defensive when it comes to representations of grief in Movies and TV shows, the writers always seem toContinue reading “Netflix’s ‘After Life’ – Season 1 Review”

Captain Marvel – Movie Review

By Mollie Campbell Genre: Superhero, fantasy, action, drama Cast: Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Lashana Lynch, Ben Mendelsohn, Jude Law Rating: 8/10   I must admit, in recent years I have grown a little tired of the relentless domination of superhero movies that have been overriding our movie theatres. MCU movies really took off againContinue reading “Captain Marvel – Movie Review”