Sex, Swearing, Violence and God: The Best Way To Ban A Book

From 2000 to 2009, nearly 5,100 challenges were reported to the Office for Intellectual Freedom concerning the content of fiction books. Before we get to the fun bit, let’s have the fascinating bit. Here’s the breakdown of themes challenged: 1,577 were challenged due to “sexually explicit” material; 1,291 for “offensive language”; 989 owing to materials…

Trend Bucker, Tradition Fucker: Sex Before Books

“So you don’t just bang on about feelings?” asked one tongue-in-cheek male reader before downloading and thoroughly enjoying one of my hard-hitting, fiercely uncomplicated short stories about drugs, male violence and life on the streets. I appreciated his honesty. A question is always better than an assumption. For probably the last five times I told…

What Do The Most Creative People Really ‘See’?

Fiction writing is a mysterious process. It involves leaving reality behind and looking into a world that doesn’t exist, and then describing it as if it did in incredible detail. Take a fictional city for example. It could be a bright, bustling metropolis full of people dashing to and from their workplaces or it could…

Challenging Fears & Fallacy To Fight Sexual Abuse

The day I left home for university in London, my mother looked at me and, after taking in a tight breath of air, warned me not to let anyone into my rented room, especially male students. It was a baffling rule that didn’t have any foundation in the real world and demonstrated more about her…

Can A Tattoo Make You More Confident? (2 mins)

Once, in a county called Oregon, a tattoo on a male murder victim’s body led police to the suspect of the crime. The tattoo was simply the first name of a young woman called “Janelle”, curled around itself and inside it sat the image of a heart. How poignant that such a symbol of affection…