How storytelling can fix fashion

MONEY FASHION POWER is a new magazine that tackles challenging topics like human rights for garment workers, living wages, freedom of association and supply chain transparency in a creative, highly visual and provocative way. Through 72-pages of poetry, illustration, photography, graphic design and editorial, this collectible zine explores the hidden stories behind your clothing, what the price you pay for fashion means, and how your purchasing power can make a positive difference.

MONEY FASHION POWER is available for free online, or you can order a printed copy while supplies last.

The wheels on the printing press go round and round

The printing bike is on its travels again criss crossing the UK. The Letterpress Collective from Bristol is aiming at a 1000-mile printing journey in May celebrating the arts and craft heritage of towns across Britain. To get involved or support visit here.

A Little Life. Well, this is an emotional one. Highly recommend but you will need tissues.

Desert Island Disks with Marian Keyes. A wonderful insight into the life of the writer who has sold more than 35 million copies of her 12 novels to date.

Saturday Night Live’s behind-the-scenes spoof of that terrible, terrible Pepsi ad made me giggle.

Laura Hunter

Good Theatre Isn’t Always Easy

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf with Imelda Staunton at the Harold Pinter Theatre is difficult but worth every caustic remark. And ditto Angels of America, the multi-award winning two-part play about the devastating AIDs epidemic in the 80’s. The seven-hour drama is shown in two nights at the National. Thankfully, they don’t need to be back-to-back. Breathing space allowed. Fab actress Denise Gough (People, Places and Things) plays Harper Pitt and Andrew Garfield is awesome as Prior Walter. Nathan Lane – always one to deliver – plays Roy Cohn.

For some light relief go see An American in Paris at the Dominion Theatre. The exciting dance routines made me want to jump out of my seat and join the nimble, skilled and gorgeous cast – joie de vivre at its theatrical finest. The look of the production will wow you with a dash of Monet, Renoir, Picasso and Matisse.

I am dying to see British war-time drama and comedy Their Finest with Gemma Arterton and Bill Nighy. (opens on the 21st).

For those of you who prefer to consume your culture from the comfort of a sofa, this documentary on famous painter Paula Rego’s life and how it played out on her psychological, disturbing works is worth watching, directed by her son, filmmaker Nick Willing.

And who can resist watching a bit of marriage, motherhood and murder? Big Little Lies is also on my couch potato must-sees.

Elena Bowes

Radical Remission

You don’t get to my (middle) age without losing a devastatingly close friend. Radical Remission uncovers nine factors that can lead to a spontaneous remission from cancer. But why wait to get cancer to overhaul junk eating, negativity or stress? Still on self-help mode, Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert speaks for itself.

Jessica Swales

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