Review: Gaysian Superheroes, SQIFF

Curated and hosted by Nyla Ahmad, who researches South Asian identity in comics, and in partnership with Collect:if (Glasgow Women’s Library’s women of colour collective) this selection of short films from two British-South Asian filmmakers explored race, identity, and sexuality in visually exciting, and thematically interesting ways. The event began with activist and director Pratibha Parmar’s 1990 film Bhangra Jig which follows a young Asian woman as she walks through the streets of Glasgow looking up at buildings and wandering through the opulent city chambers, all of which built with colonial wealth and celebrated as symbols of colonial success.

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Review: Looking Awry, SQIFF

As SQIFF, Glasgow’s Queer Film Festival, returns for a third year it was clear that some soul searching had been done in regards to bisexual programming. The event began with an apology from a member of SQIFF’s staff who discussed how bisexuality is often the sexuality least discussed and catered for before offering an olive branch to the community in the shape of a series of films and talks (called Looking Awry) which discussed, explored and celebrated bisexuality.

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Review: Sarah Moss and Helen Sedgwick, EIBF 2017

The best events at book festivals are those which bring together writers who tackle subjects from different angles, allowing the writers the space to discuss, and the audience time to listen to and consider, a topic from a variety of perspectives. Both Sarah Moss’s The Tidal Zone and Helen Sedgwick’s The Growing Season tackle a variety of subjects and questions but the thread that ties the two is that most tricky of subjects: parenthood. While The Tidal Zone explores the aftermath of a child’s sudden cardiac arrest, The Growing Season imagines a world in which an external womb has been invented and pregnancy is now open to all genders. 

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Review: Teju Cole, EIBF 2017

There are some people who are simply a pleasure to listen to and learn from, who exude such easy intelligence and warmth that you leave their presence with renewed hope about the power of art and writing – Teju Cole is such a person. The multi-award winning, American-born Nigerian writer of Open City, returned to Edinburgh International Book Festival to discuss his new work, Blind Spot, a cross-genre work featuring photography and text which explore the worlds of vision and writing.

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