The power of art lies in its ability to make us feel things. Some say it is better to receive a negative reaction to your art than none at all, as at least it means you have made someone feel something. Yet currently, in the height of ‘cancel culture’ the freedom of art is being challenged, and it seems art is losing its right to offend.
Ken Kesey’s first published novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest saves to be a story that is more than just a simple journey taken with characters.
In 1932, the father of Futurism, Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, unveiled his Futurist Words in Freedom: Olfactory, Tactile, Thermal, an object now known as the ‘tin book’. Comprised of 30 aluminium pages lithographed […]
When graffiti artists look at walls and pavements, trains and vans, lamp-posts and railings, what do they see? They see a blank page, a canvas on which to exhibit their art, their […]
by Rachel Day How would you navigate from the Shire to Mordor? Box-shaped mountain ranges and bizarre drainage basins aside, Middle Earth’s topography poses questions about crossing literary landscapes. As a writer, […]
by Laura Austin “What are you going to do with an English Literature degree?” is a question my peers and I are often asked. The question is rarely fuelled by curiosity, but […]
‘Book art’ has become something of a phenomenon, attracting writers and artists both amateur and professional. Kelly Murray’s ‘Paper Dress’ (made entirely of phone books) and Tom Phillips’s ‘A Humument’ may not […]
Recent debates have highlighted a need for greater diversity within the UK’s literary landscape. What is less settled however, are questions concerning the representation of BAME characters in literary texts. Debate has […]
by Beth Wiffen Listen to Beth Wiffen’s interview with Fiona Green, a Curator at York Art Gallery. See how illustrator Quentin Blake brought Roald Dhal’s visions of the BFG to life, in their […]
by Beth Wiffen Remember when you used to curl up in bed with the best book you had ever read? Remember when you were so immersed in a book that you could almost […]