The Virago Press #BooksForChange Challenge: Part Two

If you missed part one of this challenge, you can find it here


Virago is a British publishing company, founded in 1973, with the intention of giving voice and publishing presence to female authors. Since then, the mission statement has expanded to include authors and reprinted works with a broader positive intention; LGBTQ texts; books written by non-binary authors; works which reflect a diversity of neurological conditions and mental illnesses; and lots more. You can find Virago online here, where they have a fascinating timeline of their own history.

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#UniMentalHealthDay

Today is University Mental Health Day; an important point in the calendar to remember that illnesses are not always visible, and that individual struggles are not always audible. A helping hand, a sympathetic chat, and taking time out of your day to make sure that the people around you feel appreciated and cared for won’t fix every problem, but it is so important to make sure that no one feels alone. Continue reading “#UniMentalHealthDay”

Recipes Inspired by Literary Favourites: The Pancake Day – Moomins Mash Up Edition

Shrove Tuesday, famously preceding Ash Wednesday, is the last day of gluttonous delight before the fasting period of Lent in the Christian calendar. For those of us not practicing, it’s the day that supermarkets sell frying pans and bottled lemon juice at double the usual prices, and we all set our smoke alarms off.

‘Why Moomins?’ I hear you ask, and I respond simply; why not.

Of course, as with all the best traditions, the roots of pancake day lie well beyond one single religion. Different peoples and nations around the world celebrate similar holidays at similar times of the year- there’s something about this transitional point in the calendar that calls us to use up the last of the fatty winter food and empty our larders in hope of spring freshness and lighter diets. It’s the cosmic version of having one big treat before you finally start a diet.

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On This Day – The Reichstag Fire, 27 February 1933

It’s a real change of pace today- I don’t often do On This Day posts, but this one really stood out to me. Not least because it’s one of those fact-and-dates that is clinging on from my GCSE days (the exam flashbacks are looming), but because it’s startling relevant now.

The burning of the Reichstag building is a real history-mystery with dubious blame and potential cover-ups. It was a fundamental rung on Hitler’s ladder to power, and another part of the story of anti-communism in the 1930s. Today I’m going to briefly outline the event and talk about it from a modern perspective, what with the rise of fascism being a frequently trending topic on twitter. Let me know what you think about this new format, and if you like the slightly more narrative structure.

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