London Literature Festival 2013

22.05.2013 | Blog , Culture | BY:

Yesterday marked the launch of the annual London Literature Festival at Southbank Centre. From this month through until September a variety of talks, readings and other events will be celebrating the best of fiction, poetry, plays and music.

Special highlights include a group of forty female poets and performers doing a live reading of Sylvia Plath's posthumously published body of work Ariel, poetic artist Cornelia Parker in conversation with psychoanalyst Darian Leader and a discussion on modern-day abortion politics between authors Kate Manning and G

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Throughout the course of the festival you can also attends readings by award-winning poets Heather Phillipson and Emily Berry, as well as the shortlisted authors for the Women's Prize for Fiction. No matter what genre or topic strikes your fancy, be sure to check out the full list of events on the Southbank Centre website.

London Literature Festival runs from now until 8 September at Southbank Centre,  Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX.


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A Celebration of Cinema

09.01.2013 | Blog , Culture | BY:

Commemorating its tenth anniversary this year, the London Short Film Festival provides its genre with the same compelling spotlight as its lengthy, blockbuster counterparts. Showcasing the best of the UK’s independent film scene in venues all across town, from the ICA to Curzon Soho, the festival has divided the work of the nation’s rising talents into according themes such as Fucked Up Love, Femmes Fantastique and Youth Of Today.

Screening this Saturday, I am Dora by Jemma Desai is a special highlight.  A collaboration with designer Claire Huss, the project is an ongoing personal study  of fellow female identification, and the flaws and misunderstandings that come with it. This edition will focus on the legacy of Sylvia Plath. “Perhaps when we find ourselves wanting everything, it is because we are dangerously near to wanting nothing,” Plath wrote in 1955, and the weight of her words are studied in two versions of Lady Lazarus — Sandra Lahire’s 1991 film and the Mad Men episode — plus an ‘In Conversation’ discussion between Desai and psychotherapist Sandra Hebron.

Alongside this intriguing project, the short film compilations, documentary screenings and special events like Club des Femmes presents… The Art of Conscience: A Pussy Riot Fundraiser are all the more reason to get your cinematic fix this week.

The London Short Film Festival runs until January 13.

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The Female Form

08.11.2011 | Art , Blog | BY:

Showing works from 1955-1962 this month the Mayor Gallery takes a look at two of the 20th century’s most fascinating female artists. On the surface their works seem to have little to do with one another, bar their temporal origin, but both are clearly marked by a preoccupation with form.

The Bell Jar‘s author Sylvia Plath (1932-1963) is lesser known, although none the less celebrated, as an artist. Her 44 pen and ink drawings and Brasilia poem on display, lent to the gallery by Plath’s daughter Frieda Hughes, showcase her observations from her time spent in Europe. Her carefully considered lines betray a tender and inquisitive concern with design.

Meanwhile Italian-born Dadamaino, real name Eduarda Maino (1935-2004), found fame as one of the proponents of the pan-European Zero Group, of which Yves Klein was a member. Albeit less renowned than Plath, her formulaic monochrome works present the viewer with a pleasure in graphic form and line. Cutting large shapes in canvases, the wall upon which each work is hung becomes just as much a part of the artwork as the slither of canvas she leaves untouched.

Until 17th December 2011 at Mayor Gallery, 22A Cork Street, London W1S 3NA

Drawings by Sylvia Plath, copyright Frieda Hughes. All images courtesy of the Mayor Gallery.

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Letterset 3

25.06.2010 | Blog , Thoughts | BY:

But in twenty-five years she’ll be silver
In fifty, gold
A living doll, everywhere you look.
It can sew, it can cook,
It can talk, talk, talk.
– Sylvia Plath, The Applicant

By Felicity Shaw

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