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Bethan Forrest

Professional pessimist, socialist, local authority worker and literaphile

Wrexit: How Brexit Is Damaging to Young People's Chances

That isn't idealism. That isn't building a better nation. It's no different than building a wall to the outside world, one that we can't even build high because we have to reach over it in order to do anything. This wasn't for young people. And if anything comes out of this, I hope young people do not forget it.
27/06/2016 15:50 BST

Taklub or Leave It: What We're Missing in Depicting Climate Change on Film

Taklub, the winner of the 2015 Cli-Fi Award for Best Film (titled the Cliffies) is a devastatingly human and raw exploration of the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan (or Yolanda) which hit South-East Asia, causing particular destruction in the Philippines in 2013. The film is an intimate affair which focuses on how one family piece their lives back together.
18/12/2015 15:31 GMT

Cli-Fi; Climate Change Fiction As Literature's New Frontier?

The idea of the arts and sciences as two separate endeavours devoid of a common purpose, (one devoid of creativity, the other of practicality) comprising differing measurable worth to opposing people is a fallacy that is relatively new.
23/07/2015 09:12 BST

Revisiting Thrills and Swoon: Can Feminists Enjoy Mills and Boon?

Mills and Boon produce over 100 titles a month in a variety of ranges which range from the hospital romance to traditional historical romance to their Blaze series which is decidedly more sexually risqué. As of 2008, over 200million Mills and Boon books were sold per annum...
10/07/2015 16:35 BST

Uni-Versal Value? Hardly

You are the architect of your own experience and the master of your own direction. In that way, you will be making best use of the experience - not by looking at university as the best time you will ever have or feeling that going to university means that you are owed something after.
07/07/2015 12:55 BST