Sian S. Rathore
Sian S. Rathore is a freelance writer and poet from Manchester, England. She has written critical work for both Stride and Cake, has her poetry and short fiction published in magazines and anthologies in both the UK and America, and performs poetry regularly. Sian is also a short fiction editor at Metazen magazine.

Entries by Sian S. Rathore

Crisis Point: Where to Turn When the Government Have Let You Down?

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 1:26 PM

Trigger warning: Mental health, self-harm.

As I recently asked my psychiatrist why I was still not allowed to be given my mood stabilisers a month at a time rather than a week at a time, he casually clicked his pen and said, "Oh, it's because of the cutting", and...

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Slut-Shaming, Victim-Blaming, Grace Dent and Kids Today

(2) Comments | Posted January 23, 2013 | 6:05 PM

Congratulations to Grace Dent who, this week in Independent Voices, has identified the problem with young women today; discussing the pornification of everyday culture, irresponsible role models for our children and how technology plays a role in the easy distribution of pornography and hastily taken nude photographs. However,...

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50 Shades of Grey: A Truly Tragic Heroine

(1) Comments | Posted July 11, 2012 | 3:48 PM

This post may contain spoilers.

A couple of weeks ago, I did not know what 50 Shades of Grey even was. I'd heard it was soft porn for women, with an unlikely romance at its centre, written around the framework of what was originally Twilight fan fiction. I avoided it...

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Why Critics Aren't Everything and Why Writing Is

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2012 | 7:00 PM

Being a writer is tough. In a world where everyone who owns a Macbook and lives near a coffee house is a novelist, getting your work recognised is difficult, having it appraised even harder. Given the adage that 'everyone's a critic' now, there are a surprisingly small amount of critics...

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The Artistic Temperament and Creativity

(0) Comments | Posted April 5, 2012 | 11:21 AM

The Guardian recently published this piece about creativity and suffering. It is true that over the years we have associated madness and despair with creative output, somehow linking creativity as a condition comorbid to most mental disorders; there is a myth of the beautiful mind, of...

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The Problem With Creative Writing Programs

(2) Comments | Posted January 24, 2012 | 7:00 AM

The most recent book launch I went to was Nikolai Duffy's in Manchester. Most of the crowd were friends and colleagues of Duffy's, some of us students, many of us students of English and Creative Writing, most of us poets ourselves. Duffy's work was an innovative collection of poems...

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