The Decolonisation of Western Sahara

A Saharawi vision of the solution The United Nations are holding a second round of talks in Geneva this week, March 21st and March 22nd, to discuss the disputed territory of Western Sahara; a positive step towards ending 43 years of colonisation. Ambassador Malainin Lakhal, Saharawi writer and diplomat, gives us an clear insight into…

Model Behaviour: A dark one woman comedy about the modelling industry

Issy Knowles’ show Model Behaviour has just sold out at the Edinburgh Fringe. David Walliams thinks she’s pretty great, as does Fleabag. Here is her tell-all, featuring her burping her way to success on stage. Firstly, could you tell us in only 10 WORDS about your show? It’s a dark one woman comedy about the…

This Girl Makes… An Impact: Harriet Speed and Furniture Making

Firstly, could you tell us in only 10 WORDS about This Girl Makes? An initiative that celebrates women in craft and design. Now is your chance to expand with a more in-depth description of your project… It started in October 2016 as a blog that posted every week, including interviews with a variety of designers…

Stunt Performer, Mountaineer, Model: In a League of her Own

Jessica Clark has progressed from extreme sports to some extreme stunts on the set of The Justice League and, most recently, Fantastic Beasts 2. Read on to find out more about how she is helping to redefine the ‘damsel in distress’ stereotype on screen. Firstly, could you tell us in only 10 WORDS about your…

Grenfell Tower: The Change That Hasn’t Happened

Artwork by Ana Ovilo Written by Alex Howlett “They always seem to need a significant loss of life before things are changed.” So says former chief fire officer Ronnie King of the Grenfell fire tragedy last month. In his comment, he draws on the shortcomings of ministers who refused to listen to previous concerns about…

An Ode to the Soap Opera: how the soapies have brought about social change

By Alex Howlett Considering how prosaic soapies can seem, their influence is surprisingly widespread. Let’s start with a classic scene: vengeful ex returns and woman gets whacked over the head with a heavy object resulting in death. I was just flicking through The Gentlewoman, of all places, (bought for the interview with Zadie Smith), and came across an article…