Arts Funding Cuts - The Drum, ABC
Today I logged onto Facebook to find a friend, a UK theatre designer, had furiously posted a recruitment ad from Sainsbury's.
It seemed a North London branch of the supermarket giant was in need of a mural and shamelessly canvassed for "an ambitious artist to voluntarily refurbish our canteen". That's gratis. No payment. Quite apart from the obvious insult, it struck me that they'd used a derivative of the word "volunteer" which really ought to be reserved for some other global behemoth such as I don't know, Medicines Sans Frontiers, say, or The Samaritans.
Suicide Brides: What's pushing India's Newlyweds over the edge? - SBS Life
Rising female literacy and increased independence are at odds with traditional expectations of women in India, and the pressures are leading many to take their lives.
The Internal Landscape of Joni Mitchell's "Blue" - The Heroine Collective
Joni opens her album telling us she is on a lonely road and she is travelling travelling travelling/ Looking for something, what can it be? Her jingly tempo masks a suffocating story. Mitchell had split from a long-term relationship with Graham Nash and moved into an intense and troubled love affair with heroin-addicted James Taylor, for whom the song was written. She trills I want to knit you a sweater/I want to write you a love letter/I want to make you feel better. A desperate list of all the fruitless things she has already done that have not brought him any closer.
A profile of Nasreen Sheik - for Footsteps Asia
"As a child I grew up witnessing the terror on the faces of the women in my village. I remember one vivacious woman who, one day, wore make-up which her husband considered garish. The next day she was found hanging and buried immediately without ceremony. The usual custom would be to wait say, two days before burial and hold a funeral to honour the dead but this woman’s body just disappeared. Everyone knew she had been murdered by her husband and he remarried within months.”
Brexit referendum 2016
By coming out of Europe, many say we are effectively championing a new leadership succession in Boris Johnson. Former London Mayor and mouthpiece for Brexit, Johnson’s politics are evermore synonymous in the media with those of the esteemed US Republican candidate and notorious misogynist, Donald Trump.
Urine Therapy - SBS Life
Drinking your own urine has become an infamous survival strategy for those stranded on an island with Bear Grylls. In some quarters of Indian culture, urine is also drunk for its health benefits. Kali Hughes tests out the therapy herself, in a bid to do away with adult acne.
Shakespeare's Underwritten Women - The Heroine Collective
The fact is, Ophelia, like a good handful of Shakespeare’s women, is underwritten. Her madness and eventual suicide are inexplicable; it’s as though there’s a whole scene missing.
But Katie Mitchell is looking into it. The eminent British theatre director, now based mainly in Germany, has launched a brand new stage play at Berlin’s Schaubühne called Ophelia’s Zimmer. Mitchell, the playwright Alice Birch, and designer Chloe Lamford have torn down a wall at Elsinore Castle inviting us to peer inside Ophelia’s bedroom.
The Stork is Stealing My Thunder - The Heroine Collective
Three months ago I gave birth to a beautiful human child. I pushed his head, in the normal manner of these things, through my cervix and out of my vagina, and so I fully understand just how such a feat may seem miraculous.
But childbirth is not a miracle. It is an utterly overwhelming personal labour that often leaves in its wake evidence of traumas, both physical and emotional. In November 2018, the BBC reported on a study that found 28,000 women in the UK each year had suffered PTSD from the experience of childbirth.