A love letter to The Phantom Menace

I love The Phantom Menace. This I say without shame or irony in spite of the continued hate and ridicule it attracts some twenty years after its release. I’ll admit that this appreciation, in part, comes down to timing. I was seven years old when TPM was released […]

The language of touch and hands in Star Wars

Holding hands carries with it a significance in storytelling and real life. Science shows that joining hands can synchronise breathing and heartrate while, in fiction, an outstretched hand is an offer, a plea or invitation. The last few months brought hand holding and gestures to the forefront of […]

Being a parent is storytelling

People naturally ascribe human traits to the inanimate and animals, so it stands to reason that babies would be no different. Previously, I’d have called a twitch of a baby’s mouth exactly that – a twitch. Now, though, every little tick and curl of the lips is a […]