Loretta Barnard

The erotic (and mostly bloody) adventures of Hercules

The name Hercules is famous the world over. He's been a cartoon, an adhesive pitchman a punchline to an Eddie Murphy joke. But what did he actually do? Well...

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Loretta Barnard

Loretta Barnard is a freelance writer and editor who has authored four non-fiction books, been a contributing writer to a wide range of reference books and whose essays have been published across a number of platforms. A regular contributor to The Big Smoke, she also coordinates the TBS Next Gen program.

All in a day’s work: Five circadian novels you should know about

A circadian novel is one that follows their characters over a 24-hour period. It’s tough to produce, but when done correctly, the results are spectacular.

Terrible political change, what is it good for? Well, art, actually

As we watch Zimbabwe tear itself apart, our extended history indicates that the worse things get, the better the art we produce becomes.

The brilliant and painstaking art of stop-motion moviemaking

Stop-motion filmmaking is an ornate, highly skilled medium that is fast being consigned to history’s bin. It’s best we pay homage to the true masters.

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