The newly-released film Heaven’s Rage is a story of self-discovery: of soul lost and found, and the truth behind everyday appearances. Based on my memoir of the same name, the film explores ‘Burning questions, hidden feelings and pressures to conform’.
It was made by:
Mark Crane, Creative Director (ex Labyrinth and Judge Dredd).
Writing from Norway, Bente Reimers Moe describes the diverse and exciting ways Norwegian children (and adults) are encouraged to enjoy the arts. Bente, who is a librarian and arts activist, gives this picture of central support for local cultural activity:
‘The Cultural Schoolbag, TCS, is a government-funded educational programme designed to give all Norwegian school students access to a wide range of quality art and culture.
I interviewed poet and author Sophia Blackwell about LGBTQI visibility in British writing today. Sophia, who hosts regularly for Apples and Snakes, has performed at the Glastonbury and Edinburgh Festivals. Her writing has appeared in Trespass, Rising, Fuselit anthologies and Pen Pusher, the Oxford Muse book, ‘Guide to an Unknown City,’ and in Paul Burston’s anthology of gay short fiction, ‘Boys and Girls’ and its follow-up ‘Men and Women.’ Sophia has three published books: two poetry collections, Into Temptation and The Fire Eater’s Lover; and a novel, After My Own Heart.
Zoe Thornbury-Phillips is a face-and-body painting artist who has won major national awards from Illusion Magazine, the UK Face and Body Art Convention, the FACE Painting Association and several festivals dedicated to the art. Zoe has worked for TV, fashion shows and photo shoots, transforming her subjects using full or partial body painting ‘makeovers’, pregnancy tummy designs, glitter temporary tattoos, UV paint and henna art. She also uses fun ideas, particularly when working with children. I asked Zoe who and what inspires her work.
As a child, I spent Christmas with my parents and grandparents in N.E. England. These extracts from my memoir Heaven’s Rage describe the drive from London, my excitement once there, and the behaviour of the extended family. The two poems are additional. Leslie Tate
My next novel, Violet, begins with Beth’s early childhood piece about storytelling. It’s the first story of many, developing her voice and linking to the end of Violet, where her step-daughter, Hannah, writes a related picture book.