Jubilation in the House of Windsor

Jubilation in the House of Windsor

The soap opera that is the British Royal family had a lavish ceremony earlier this month and millions of fans from around the world joined in. Personally, I found little to celebrate in an event that diverted funds from feeding the hungry and that saw the pre-emptive...
Lockdown Literature: Concepts of Home

Lockdown Literature: Concepts of Home

Lockdown forced us to become more familiar with our homes and neighbourhoods. Some have been delighted to discover new treasures on our doorsteps … or even behind the sofa. It left others desperate to get away. Perhaps you’ve felt a mixture of both? The title of my...
Fiction goes to work

Fiction goes to work

It’s too early to say whether lockdown will permanently change the boundaries between work and home. For all the benefits of curtailing commuting, many have missed the water-cooler conversations and the nine-to-five routine. Zoom fatigue is common, although online...
Lockdown literature: LGBT history

Lockdown literature: LGBT history

One of the hallmarks of a healthy society is our attitude to diversity. So whatever our sexuality and gender identity, we should care about LGBT rights. In February, LGBT+ history month provides the prompt to educate ourselves on how societal responses to lesbian,...
Lockdown literature: Women in translation

Lockdown literature: Women in translation

Diversity is the hallmark of the Ranch, with an international group of writers bringing our unique perspectives to the weekly flash fiction prompt. But what about diversity in our reading? There is some evidence that reading diverse benefits our brains, and, if...