'If the ultimate self that never left could see me, what would he make of this literary pretension?' asks Kayo Chinogonyi in his poetry collection 'Kumukanda'. The title of the book translates as 'Initiation' and depicts the development of a young boy through a succession of poems that explore the complexity of an immigrant's identity. … Continue reading Kayo Chingonyi
Are you free on the first weekend of July this year and looking for something amazing to do? As their website puts it: 'The Africa Writes festival is an annual celebration of contemporary literature from Africa and the diaspora brought to you by The Royal African Society. Every year we showcase established and emerging talent … Continue reading Africa Writes 2017
By Rali Chorbadzhiyska *This is an excerpt from a longer essay on 'Exploring the Formation and Development of Selfhood in the 18th as well as the 21st century' that works on the premise of childhood being divine and longed for by artists (due to its importance to the self). William Wordsworth’s portrait painted by Benjamin … Continue reading The Collaboration of Times: William Wordsworth ft. J. Cole
By Rali Chorbadzhiyska The Role of an Individual Voice in Shaping Histories and the Reader’s Perception of them as explored in Jorge Luis Borges’ Short Story ‘The Shape of the Sword’ Jorge Luis Borges’ craft to fit a novel worth of meaning into a short story does not fail to excel in ‘The Shape of … Continue reading The Masterful Layering of Voices in Borges’ ‘The Shape of the Sword’
Check out this brilliant poem we stumbled upon! Visit the original post for more! We hope you enjoy it 🙂 We give the jingles to a bell We turn silence into a yell. We are the elements of a cell We are emulsion, we are the gell. We are the substances that we sell We … Continue reading A poem by Onyeche Vincent Onyekachukwu that we loved!
By Rali Chorbadzhiyska Back when I was 16 I read Jack Kerouac's most famous novel and was inspired to write a poem. The Beat Generation seemed 'cool' and I even tried Burroughs' 'Naked Lunch' but I congratulate anyone who managed to finish this book. I couldn't. I look back at my naive attempt and I … Continue reading Inspired by Jack Kerouac’s ‘On the Road’
Here is a poem we stumbled upon and absolutely loved!
Fans of Jodi Picoult’s touching stories and engaging characters? Our favourites by her include ‘Handle With Care’ and ‘My Sister’s Keeper’. ‘Leaving Time’ is a beautiful read is on our reading list! We liked this succinct and intriguing review (beware of spoilers). We urge you to give it a try even if it is outside your comfort reader-zone! 🙂
The book alternates between Alice the Elephant Keeper and teen daughter Jenna, who wants to find out how her mom died. So she talks to the psychic. There are multiple narrators for Jenna’s half of the book, and only some are interesting.
And then (spoiler) not quite, but ‘it was all a dream’ twist ending. Nothing is as it seems. There are clues to The Truth but they are all carefully explained away each time. Very annoying.
Are you one of those people who loves online lists? Do you crave to click on all the BuzzFeed Quiz sections and 'Have you seen these movies' whenever you come across them? Or are you simply looking for another way to procrastinate instead of finishing this coursework project you had to? Here is our first … Continue reading Rali and Chara’s Must Reads…
For International Poetry Day we decided to share two videos each with the performance of some of our favourite poems! Surprise, the second one is in our native languages, Greek and Bulgarian respectively! Enjoy! Rali's favorites: e. e. cummings - may i feel (as read by Tom Hiddleston) may i feel said he (i'll squeal … Continue reading Happy International Poetry Day!