The Anatomy of a Home

[published in Bandit Fiction, issue 2, 20/06/2018; republished in Hypertrophic PressWinter 2018]

“Sammy is in the kitchen.”

Sammy pronounces it more like “kit-hen” when he points to the upper right-hand part of the diagram. It’s a common problem, that harsher “-ch” that doesn’t exist in all languages. We’ve done a sheet like this with cutesy drawings of architecturally unsound houses every week for the past month that I’ve been coming to the refugee centre.

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Procrastinate productively with creativity

[published in The Boar, 30/05/2018]

It’s getting to be that weird time of year again: the one where some people have finished all their exams and coursework and are celebrating by downing absurd amounts of vodka, while other people are only halfway through and are really starting to feel the burnout. If you’re reading this and you’re in the latter group, you’re no doubt procrastinating to a ridiculous degree and should probably get back to work. But, since you’re here, why not procrastinate productively?

 

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Timeless words: remembering the words of the Holocaust

[published in The Boar, 14/03/18]

Barbara Tuchman, historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, once said: “books are the carriers of civilisation. Without books, history is silent. Books are humanity in print”. These words remain timeless. More than understanding humanity, books help us understand inhumanity, moments of evil alongside the moments of brightness. Books are an emotional map of our history, and this is more relevant than ever when we talk about the Holocaust.

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Bury Your Gays: The History of a Killer Trope

[article published in The Boar, 21/02/18]

According to GLAAD’s annual study, last year had the highest number of LGBT+ characters played by regular or recurring actors on primetime television ever, with 6.4%, up from 4.8% in 2016 or 4.0% in 2015. That’s a significant jump, but what’s most impressive about that figure is that, for the first time in history, it accurately portrays the number of LGBT+ people in society (usually 5-10% in the US, depending on the study).
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