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SPARK’s Top Queer/Feminist Books 2017

By Anna Hill Do you like feminist and queer books? I’ve read some really incredible stuff this year – some are just new to me in 2017 and some were published in 2017! We Are Never Meeting In Real Life by Samanth Irby I read this at the very beginning of the summer and it was…

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SPARK’s Best of 2017: Young Adult Fiction

By Sophia Simon-Bashall The Young Adult (YA) community in particular has been blessed this year with some wonderful and diverse reads, though all we’ve really heard about is John Green’s latest (which, granted, is pretty fantastic). It seems a shame that many talented writers and their incredible stories may have been overlooked because a few…

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SPARK’s Best of 2017: Film and Television

By Sophia Simon-Bashall FILM Hidden Figures Hidden Figures came out in 2016 in the US, but only landed in UK cinemas in February this year. It’s a true story untold until now, one of three African-American women whose contributions to NASA in the 1960s were integral to the process of sending the first astronaut into…

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SPARK’s Best of 2017: Music

By Sophia Simon-Bashall EVERYONE’S ‘best of 2017’ list features Lorde’s stunning sophomore album ‘Melodrama’. As wonderful as that album is, it’s not the only one to be released this year. It’s been a painful year to be a music lover, particularly for rock and alternative fans. Equally, our ears have been blessed with some amazing new sounds…

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Why Snape’s character makes me unsurprised about JK Rowling’s defence of Johnny Depp

By Pip Williams Content note: Reference to domestic and sexual violence Like much of my generation, the Harry Potter books were an intrinsic part of my childhood. The later films mapped alongside my own teenage years, with the final installment coming out the summer I began sixth form. I watched it in the cinema in…

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If Emma Lazarus could have words with Donald Trump

By Sofia Heller Emma Lazarus was a 19th century Jewish American writer whose poem “The New Colossus,” engraved on Lady Liberty’s platform, embraces immigrants as they enter the United States. Though she was from an upper class family, Lazarus defied societal restrictions and norms and dared others to do the same. She confronted sexism, anti-Semitism, and class struggles…

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There’s a reason I don’t have 100k for a housing deposit, and it’s not an £832 lottery ticket habit

By Pip Williams I’m a Millennial, and your out of touch saving plans don’t reflect my lifestyle Millennials – defined as the generation born between about 1980 and 2000 – are pretty much all adults now. When this September rolls around, the cohort of students hitting British universities will include students born in this millennium.…

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We must never look the other way

By Kaylen Forsyth Content note: Sexual assault, violence against women and girls People often look out of the window to avoid the problems sat right in front of them. When there is something in need of addressing, we tend to plunge into an irrelevant stream of thought in order to dismiss the matters at hand.…

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