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Friday Features: Documenting My Mental Health

By Eché Egbuonu If we were given yearbooks after finishing secondary school, I doubt that I would have received many votes for the 'most likely to get sectioned.' Getting sectioned means being admitted to a mental health hospital, regardless of whether or not you agree to it. During the summer of 2015, ...

Friday Features: The Last Beacons Of Free Speech

By Chandni Maugi In Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, the government keeps its people in chains: through distraction, leisure, and unrestricted sexual pleasure. Looking into our past, populations were controlled through fear of angry gods with signs of a solar eclipse, or flooding being presented as evidence of disfavour. Fear is ...

Friday Features: Leaving A Childhood Faith Behind

By Jaye Viner I was always curious about those people who marry their adolescent sweethearts. The things that make a relationship work when we’re teens are not the same things that make a relationship work in our thirties. And yet, people do this. I wonder about them. Are they fundamentally the ...

Writer Of The Month: Palak Tewary

Introduced by Dagmara Drozdowska Being a part of the ‘Pen to Print’ family gives me amazing opportunities to meet people who share the same interest and understand what it’s like to be a writer. Due to the pandemic, we were not able to meet in person, but it gives me great ...

Friday Features: A Way To Showcase Your Work

Patrick Forsyth reviews the rewarding process of producing an anthology Most writers want to be read – and be published – and publication may not be easy to achieve. Of course, it is possible to self-publish, though widespread sales are uncertain and the whole process is likely hard work. So for ...

Friday Features: Turning Yourself Into A Book

By Sarah Tinsley I never thought of myself as a non-fiction writer. It felt horribly pretentious to imagine that anyone would want to read about something I’d done. Not only did I feel too young to share anything that amounted to wisdom, I also thought it would be too personal to ...

Friday Features: Try

‘You should be writing.’ ‘You could have written more.’ ‘You haven’t sent off anything since…’ Does this sound familiar, that little voice telling you AGAIN to do more? It certainly does to me. A bit like a very insistent sat-nav, but in my own voice. I tell myself I have a full-time job, ...

Friday Features: Rubbing Shoulders With Giants

Rubbing Shoulders with Giants: How I Published My Academic Book On Michael Jackson By Elizabeth Amisu Before publishing my first academic book, The Dangerous Philosophies Of Michael Jackson: His Music, His Persona, And His Artistic Afterlife, I published the Companion To Michael Jackson Academic Studies 2015 for free. This inaugural edition boasted ...

Writer Of The Month: Dagmara Drozdowska

Presented By Ann Dineen I’m delighted to introduce our writer of the month, Dagmara Drozdowska, who achieved second place in the Pen to Print Book Challenge competition in 2019, with her debut novel The City Of Runes: an adventure mystery woven through with Norse mythology. Dagmara is a resident of the Borough ...