Black Roses: The Killing of Sophie Lancaster, BBC4, October 11th

In 2007, Sophie Lancaster and her boyfriend were assaulted in Stubbylee Park, Bacup. The couple had not been acting offensively, nor had they any disagreements with their attackers; but the attack was born of hatred all the same. As Rachel Austin, who plays Sophie in the BBC short film Black Roses: The Killing of Sophie Lancaster, recites: ‘So the blows fly in with that level … Continue reading Black Roses: The Killing of Sophie Lancaster, BBC4, October 11th

The Outsider

Let’s step outside the box. The Outsider, as a character trope, has existed since before written history. Ancient South American folktales speak of the Coyote figure, a trickster spirit or spiritual guide offering new perspectives. Cross half the world to ancient Scandinavia, and the Viking Sagas tell of the meddler Loki, who, not quite a god, stands outside the pantheon, and yet whose schemes affect … Continue reading The Outsider