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The Young are at the Gates // Suffergist Quote Art Print


The Young are at the Gates // Suffergist Quote Art Print

As this year in the UK we're celebrating 100 years since women (of privilege) were given the vote I wanted to create a little something devoted to those who helped us win this victory; the Suffergists and the Suffragettes.

I've always known a good amount about Sufferage, and both the Suffergists and the Suffragettes, but thanks to the focus the cause has gotten due to the anniversary, I've been educating myself down to a deeper level about the individual events and the characters behind the fight for women's liberation towards the end of the 19th century and start of the 20th.

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6 Great Christmas Gifts for your Favourite Crazy Cat Lady // Wish List


6 Great Christmas Gifts for your Favourite Crazy Cat Lady // Wish List

I always make an effort to buy as many of my Christmas presents from independent businesses as possible; for small companies, like my own, Christmas is our most important season, and a successful holiday seasons can make a home-grown business.

So each year I always have a little wish list of wonderful goodies I'd love to receive on Christmas morning. Rather than keep this list to myself, I'd like to share it with you all in case any of the items would make the perfect present for someone you love or something to add to your own wish list.

Today I'm sharing 6 Great Christmas Gifts for your Favourite Crazy Cat Lady.

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I Ransack Public Libraries, and Find Them Full of Sunk Treasure // Virginia Woolf Bookish Quote Art Print


I Ransack Public Libraries, and Find Them Full of Sunk Treasure // Virginia Woolf Bookish Quote Art Print

I first encountered this wonderful Virginia Woolf quote -  I ransack public libraries, and find them full of sunk treasure - on a bookmark in the British Library in London. I had a little time between meetings while at a conference in the city, and decided to use the break to have a little look at books, because, well, books are great.

This bookmark has kept my place in more than a few books over the year or two; it is currently marking my place in Zweig's The World of Yesterday, and was used recently as I finally sat down to read my first books by Virginia Woolf; Mrs Dalloway.

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8 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Goodies for your Scooby Gang // Wish List - Halloween Edition


8 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Goodies for your Scooby Gang // Wish List - Halloween Edition

As Halloween is fast approaching, I thought this would be the perfect time for me to show you a few of my favourite Buffy the Vampire goodies created by creative makers. From enamel lapel pins and embroidered patches, to greeting cards, stickers and art prints, these wonderful goodies could make for a perfect Halloween gift or costume accessory for any Buffy fan or Scooby gang.

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The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin // Book Review


The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin // Book Review

I'm a bit embarrassed to admit that, as a feminist and a sci-fi fan, I've only recently read my first Ursula K. Le Guin novel. Part of why I hadn't delved into her work before was the immense scope of her writing; where on earth do you start with an author who has been prolific for decades upon decades?

After her death, I realised that I had to stop dawdling and pick something. After asking for recommendations, and as my partner and I are currently collecting the SF Masterworks novel releases, I decided upon The Left Hand of Darkness.

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Japanese Novels All About Cats // Reading List


Japanese Novels All About Cats // Reading List

Japan is well-known for its reverence of cats. Felines are regarded as a sign of good luck throughout the country, and it's a common occurrence to run into a shrine devoted to this wonderful furry animal when travelling around the country.

This devotion has trickled into Japanese literature. There are more than a few plays, cultural tales and books where cats play a central role. As a self-confession crazy cat lady, a voracious reader and a bit of a Japanophile, I've of course read more than a few of these novels. And what always strikes me is how the authors so often use cats to depict the intricacies of human life, love and emotion.

Here are a few of my favourites, and one I can't wait to get reading.

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Karen Murray of A Rose Cast

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I'm an illustrator & designer from the UK, producing my own products as well as custom illustration for clients, both big and small.

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