Forough Farrokhzad: mirror, thread and innovator

ECHO librarian Becka talks a little about the evolution of poetry in Iran and one of its most powerful 20th century voices Forough Farrokhzad is known as one of the most talented, innovative and controversial poets of 20th century Iran. In a tremendously short period Farrokhzad changed poetry, even literature, in Iran forever. Farrokhzad, repressedContinue reading “Forough Farrokhzad: mirror, thread and innovator”

June 2020: The New Normal

There’s been a lot of talk of the ‘New Normal’ to describe how life has evolved or been interrupted as a result of the spread of Coronavirus. In some ways it’s a useful idea: a tool to help settle into the long-term repercussions of the virus; even a way to continue to take care of one another. But it’s also important that we don’t lose sight of what shouldn’t ever be considered ‘Normal’.

May 2020: Thoughts on mutual aid

Whilst Greece has been in lockdown, we’ve been delivering meals to those stuck without them with the Athens Food Collective. How come it’s only the volunteer grassroots organisations that have been providing this support? What is mutual aid and why do people do it? And what pit-falls does our library fall into with the so-called charity industrial complex?