Leiden Book Club: Book & Film 8 – Bridge to Terabithia


  It was August 1974 when Katherine Paterson saw her son’s best friend incinerated by lightning. This tragic incident would later become the inspiration for her 1977 novel Bridge to Terabithia. Upon its release, the novel quickly caused a stir due to its bold exploration of the ways in which the darkness of reality can creep into our idealised notion of childhood. Forty years later and this beloved children’s classic has found its way into the cold, judgemental hands of Leiden book club. Bridge to Terabithia centres around Jesse (Jess) Aarons, an emotional and creative fifth grader who struggles to… Continue Reading

FASHFEST 2018 Runway Report


  Now in its sixth year, Canberra’s annual fashion event FASHFEST has switched it up to bring something new and exciting. The event began in a warehouse at the airport before moving to the National Convention Centre, which has been its home for the last three years. Just like in previous iterations, the event aims to celebrate more than just fashion. As well as the work of three designers, in 2019 FASHFEST will highlight and showcase the architectural gems that the nation’s capital proudly possesses. The first in a planned series of three events was held at the National Gallery… Continue Reading

Leiden Book Club: Book & Film 7 – Emma and Clueless


  Jane Austen is famously quoted as saying of Emma ‘I am going to take a heroine whom no one but myself will much like’. And it appears that prediction holds true in 2018, at least for the book-clubbers of Leiden Magazine. With the exception of this reviewer that is. My fellow bibliophiles, all of them twenty-somethings, wrinkled their collective noses in distaste of Emma Woodhouse’s character, citing words like immature (Emma is not yet one and twenty); mean, selfish and snobbish. Myself, of a worldlier age and having fallen for Emma in my mid-30s, find her witty, charming, interesting… Continue Reading

Leiden Book Club Book & Film 4 – The Taming of the Shrew


  The works of William Shakespeare occupy a special place in the literary world: the larger-than-life characters; the tragic and/or comedic tales of love, power and death; and the countless speeches (‘friends, Romans, countrymen…’, ‘what light through yonder window…’, ‘out damned spot…’ etcetera, etcetera); all these things and more have been pounded into the collective consciousness so thoroughly that damn near anyone can cite something from at least one of his works. And yet, despite the ubiquity, one of the most enduringly popular Shakespearian plays (as far as my limited research can attest) is one of the least quotable —… Continue Reading

Product Review: Black Chicken Remedies AXILLA Deodorant Paste


  Over these past few years I’ve been searching for products that are not harmful to others and therefore not harmful to me, a transition and conscious decision to no longer use products tested on animals and now products that contain ingredients that I can pronounce. Your skin is your biggest organ so I began there, with face wash, moisturisers and then deodorant. My boyfriend at the time had never used deodorant as he detested the classic teenage boy gassing of LYNX and insisted on spritzing his underarms with Burberry until he discovered Aseop’s deodorant. That’s where I started. My… Continue Reading

Leiden Book Club Book & Film 3 – Watership Down


  I love kid’s stories, hell, we all do. Kid’s stories are the first stories, they lay the foundations for how we think about all stories afterwards and, more important still, they inform our approach to life itself; the stories we hear as children raise us just as much as our parents and our community do. The greatest kid’s stories resonate not just with the child but with the adult as well (…most of us, anyway), satisfying both our awe of the big wide world, and our terror of it. It is thus with great pleasure that I return to… Continue Reading

Product Review: Magnetic Lashes


  I put magnets on my eyes because someone said it’d make me look pretty. And so what I should actually be doing right now is having a good long look at myself because, really? But also, and though it shames me a bit to admit this, that’s not even close to the craziest thing I’ve done in search of purchasable perfection. So, look… I saw this Instagram ad for magnetic eyelashes and I was like, yes*. I’d tried and failed at the glue on ones and I wasn’t ready to commit to the longer-lasting beautician applied fakies, so this… Continue Reading

Leiden Recaps: Bachelor in Paradise Australia Finale


  It feels like only yesterday that I was cursing myself for agreeing to view every episode of the Bachelor in Paradise. And now that we have reached the grand finale, I can safely say my initial reluctance was entirely justified; but, nevertheless, here we are at the finish line. And what a race it’s been: hearts have been broken, friendships crumbled into dust, cheese scoffed down by the wheel and all for this moment. Get ready for the epic finale that is episode sixteen. We open with the gruesome visage of Osher breaking down the mechanics of the finale:… Continue Reading