In this issue, stepping into a transitional season of more fuck-crazy uncertainty, we celebrate the launch of our new multicultural, feminist film and tv podcast, What Goddeses Watch, with an issue devoted to the complexities of sound, tongue and meaning.
Poet Harry Josephine Styles discusses her new sci-fi romance, a unique adventure of queer love in a space station, written in the Orkney dialect. We talk non-English speaking composers and tender listenings with BBC radio music presenter Elizabeth Alker. British Bengali polymath musician, singer and AV artist Bishi discusses the idea of borderless identity and the challenge of turning the trauma of migration into euphoria. Artist Sarah-Jane Crowson imagines dreamlike conversations between feminist across continents, cultures and times, as they meet in bricolage cafes. And I offer a very partial and personal dictionary of leftover Bengali from my bilingual family. Perhaps it will reflect the experience for others in varying diasporic cultures. Perhaps it will only make sense to me.
The world can feel like a place of cacophony. We need to carve out chambers to stop, reflect and find our own meaning, and to make them with others. In this issue, we bring together all episodes so far of What Goddeses Watch, including a discussion of new Arab-African cinema with Mona Eltahawy and Maaza Mengiste, a Bond Girls Special and Britney Spears. As you’d hope, the podcast is obdurately intellectual and a helluva lot of fun, like a Cannes takeover by the cast of Pose and Audre Lorde. We want to feminise film and shift the primacy of English-speaking stories. Join us as founding members through Patreon https://www.patreon.com/whatgoddesseswatch , and you will get more bitesize episodes, plus the option to star as a Godex (as we call gender-inclusive Goddesses) in your own artwork by Sarah-Jane Crowson. And, as a What Goddeses Watch member, you can read an exclusive essay about the visionary trans womxn director Rituparno Ghosh, right now.
And if you’re feeling the Autumn blues, Caiomhe Lavelle’s boldly bonkers DJ Mix of Goth disco delights will brighten up your mood, I promise. I’ve already played it twice this morning. Catch us next at the What Goddeses Watch podcast, until the Winter Solstice issue.
Love at ya,
Main image: Sarah-Jane Crowson