Author: eleanorhoward

‘The Future Is Female’ – An Interview With The Hosts of ‘Words for Birds’

Last Wednesday, a bustling Jacaranda Records Phase One was host to the ‘Words For Birds’ podcast launch party. The event kicked off with a brief introduction from the hosts before leading into performances by spoken word artist Alice Swift, singer-songwriter Remée, musicians Nikki & The Waves and LUNA. Once the event is fully underway, I sit down with writer/poet Elle Johanna and musician/promoter Gen Degenerate in the quiet of a wooden shed to discuss their bold foray into the world of podcasts. Within minutes the pair are laughing as they reminisce about the birth of their podcast. ‘I think...

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Literature to Look Forward To In 2019

Mary Ventura and the Ninth Kingdom by Sylvia Plath (January) Never before published, this newly discovered dark and strange short story from the literary legend Sylvia Plath was written whilst she was a student at Smith College in 1952. Adèle by Leila Slimani (February) Following the global success of Lullaby, which earned French journalist Leila Slimani France’s most prestigious literary prize, the Prix Goncourt, the author returns with a daring and erotic tale that explores addiction, sexuality and one woman’s struggle to contain the two forces of compulsion and desire. You Know You Want This by Kristen Roupenian (February)...

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English National Ballet: Swan Lake | Review

Last week, the English National Ballet (ENB) brought its national tour of Swan Lake to Liverpool’s Empire Theatre. The ENB Philharmonic Orchestra, under conductor Gavin Sutherland, struck up Tchaikovsky’s renowned, glorious score as the Empire’s full auditorium waited in anticipation for the ballet to commence. Swan Lake is one of the most famous and beloved productions in the classical ballet repertoire, and the audience, made up of both first time ballet goers and aficionados of all ages, came to see Derek Dean’s production. The sumptuous sets designed by Peter Farmer make this production a visual feast. The great hall...

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7 Must-See Shows on TV This Autumn

Following the long hot summer and a drought of scheduling that left us with only Love Island to keep us entertained, Autumn is the season when TV schedules are jam-packed full of the best new and returning TV shows to fill those long dark evenings. Here at The Sphinx we have gone through and selected the best the small screen has to offer this Autumn: Homecoming (Amazon Prime) Oscar-winner Julia Roberts has made the big leap to the small screen for Amazon’s Homecoming created by Mr Robot’s Sam Esmail. A far cry from her rom-com days, Roberts plays Heidi...

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Doctor Who Series 11 Premiere | Review

For the first time in history, Doctor Who premiered on a Sunday night in the BBC one tea-time slot with a female doctor at its helm. Jodie Whittaker’s debut episode as The Doctor drew in an average audience of 8.2 million, more viewers than that of Capaldi, Smith or Tennant. According to figures released by reporter Robin Parker, 235,000 more girls under the age of sixteen tuned in to watch the premiere, compared with last years series opener, suggesting that Whittaker has a broader appeal than her predecessor. When I was seven I developed a healthy obsession with the...

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