Drag Syndrome: The Wonder of an Extra Chromosome

Daniel Vais is the Creative Directors of Drag Syndrome, the UK’s first drag event featuring performers with Down’s syndrome. Tell us about your creative work in only 10 words. My creative work is bold, fresh, challenging and stunning.  What does this work involve?  In the past 10 years my creative work revolved around working with…

Pushed and Pulled: On a Shared Female Experience

Written by Harriet Clarke Artwork by Laura-Joy Pieter I have been thinking about the idea of liminality recently; of living between tensions, between mindsets, or between states. As a woman (inclusive of any and all lived experiences) there is a specific feeling I’ve had and many other woman I know have felt the same. It’s…

Big Kitty: An album review

Words by Bella Spencer Art courtesy of Big Kitty and William Joseph Johnson Excelsior Breeze Catcher is the third album by released by Tennessee/Alabama native Big Kitty, and his first album as a father. As we chatted over email he told me how being a father has completely changed everything about his life and the huge…

AGP: New singles, a review and a chat

By Bella Spencer The summer is coming (despite the rain’s best attempts to dampen our spirits and our BBQs) which means it’s time to start tinkering away at those playlists to accompany your late night hangouts. Before you strain your brain thinking of the first track, look no further than the new singles from AGP….

A Hole in the Head: The Serendipity of Losing Your Mind

Words by Bella Spencer Art by Harrison Buchanan The year was 1848, and the accepted dogma of neuroscience was Phrenology- the idea that the shape of the skull correlated to character and mental ability. However, on the the 3rd of September a horrific accident altered the understanding of neuroscience forever. During a routine procedure to…

Kiss it Better: Joanna Black’s Senninbari Dress Project

Words by Bella Spencer Art by Amelia Dearing Edited by Shaina Ford “Welcome to my wardrobe. I have been wearing and collecting these items since I was 15 and I’m only selling my collection now because my son is not a crossdresser and I don’t know where else it would go.” This is the welcoming…

The Zebrafish Phenomenon

Words by Bella Spencer Art by Ana Ovilo A few miles outside of central Edinburgh a small room is lined from floor to ceiling with tanks full of zebrafish. It is not a disappointing zoo or a new Damien Hirst installation; it is the Centre for Neuroregeneration (CNR). The CNR is a hub for research…

Good Songs for Bad Days

It’s one of those days. The ‘milk’ you poured over your last Weetabix resembled the yoghurt that ran out last week. Your bus wasn’t late- it just never arrived. The 65 minute walk you were forced to endure left you exhausted, windswept and with two juicy blisters on your heels. You eventually arrive and realise that…

We were Live at Leeds.

Live at Leeds highlights On 30th April, Leeds city centre was transformed into a hub of pulsing soundsystems and guitar feedback coming from every one of your favourite venues. For one day and one day only, all indie kids of the north united, clad in an armour of skinny jeans and Doc Martens, to boldly…