Design through Erasure: If Found…

This game has a gentle atmosphere overall, but it deals with some emotionally challenging subject matter, involving difficult conversations with family. I discovered the game after it was mentioned by fellow blogger Kel in their recent blog post. Photograph by Karolina Grabowska If Found... is a game by Dublin-based studio dreamfeel. I won't discuss the … Continue reading Design through Erasure: If Found…

Authority, Canonicity and Franchises: Star Wars

So last week, I outlined my approach to creative decisions that I found lacking. I suggested that the companies who own these franchises appoint authors who bring their ideas to the property, and that consumers are free to accept or reject these ideas to suit their own. Doctor Who was deliberately designed by committee. The … Continue reading Authority, Canonicity and Franchises: Star Wars

Language and Dreaming in Posy Simmonds’ Gemma Bovery

Gemma Bovery is a comic by English cartoonist Posy Simmonds. Originally serialised in The Guardian, it tells the story of the last years in the life of Gemma, an Englishwoman who moves to the Normandy countryside with her new husband, Charlie Bovery. Simmonds tells her story through beautiful pencil drawings combined with text captions and … Continue reading Language and Dreaming in Posy Simmonds’ Gemma Bovery

Authority, Canonicity and Franchises: Doctor Who

Here, I'd like to share my thoughts on the relationship between franchises, authority and canonicity. We have situations now where franchises which have been running for decades are assigned an auteur, who often grew up with the franchise, who proceeds to tinker with the specific details created/developed by prior writers, to varying degrees of success. … Continue reading Authority, Canonicity and Franchises: Doctor Who

Roderic O’Gorman: Smear tactics in the age of Twitter

The new Minister for Children is a gay man called Roderic O’Gorman. In 2018, he appeared in a picture with a man by the name of Peter Tatchell at a Pride parade in Dublin. The minister later tweeted the picture, stating that he was proud to be pictured with that LGBT activist. In 1997, Tatchell … Continue reading Roderic O’Gorman: Smear tactics in the age of Twitter

Tim Robinson: Aran as a site of cultural movement

The following was designed to be presented at Textualities20, a mini-conference I was involved in, due to have been held on 20th of March. It was cancelled once the colleges closed. Its subject, Stones of Aran: Pilgrimage, was written by Tim Robinson, a Yorkshireman who passed away on the 3rd of this month at the … Continue reading Tim Robinson: Aran as a site of cultural movement

[ePortfolio]Summing up: An Internal Monoblog Retrospective

I've had an interesting relationship with the blogging. I published a total of nine posts since I started, the last three of which hit in the space of a week. I honestly planned on keeping a more regular schedule this month but then, for obvious reasons, I spent more and more time inside. Without the … Continue reading [ePortfolio]Summing up: An Internal Monoblog Retrospective

How diverse casting can enhance Shakespeare

I had a class recently by a lecturer named Imke Lichterfeld. It was a research seminar about casting in Shakespeare productions for the modern stage. Central to the class was an article written in The Telegraph criticising casting choices that did not adhere to the writer's conception of appropriate casting for Elizabethan drama, and its … Continue reading How diverse casting can enhance Shakespeare