Bernie Sanders and a Beer: A Lesson on Improving the Country

Art and Words by Harriet Speed In many ways I know that I am incredibly privileged: I am white, British, and reasonably well educated. But this week I had an experience that furthered my awareness of just how privileged I in fact am. I study furniture design and making at a small college in Oxford…

All Quiet on the Theresa Front: Tories vs. Labour on LGBT policy

By Joey Parker Drawing by Livvy Mac If GCSE English taught me anything, it is that a comparison of two texts can reveal so much more than reading something in isolation. When one novel explores an issue in depth, and the other barely touches on it, you can infer a lot about the author and…

Pepsi and the Diversity Checkbox

Words and art by Joey Parker Advertising is a difficult industry to work in. I used to underestimate how every little aspect of the work we created would influence the general population in some way or another. Advertising relies on a connection with the consumer and whilst advertising agencies are painted as villainous corporations it’s…

Trumping: The unsettling rhetoric of ‘winning’

By Josephine Wideman Artwork by Ana Ovilo I am somewhere on the fringes of Toulouse, two days before the election. In the feral sunrise of a sleepless, psychedelics-fueled night, standing with moss squished between bare toes and two heavy silver balls scooped in clammy palms. November sun shines on our wired bodies with unseasonal warmth,…

The Seasons Come and Go: Perhaps the winter cold isn’t so bad after all

Words by Dredheza Maloku Art by Ana Ovilo This year I lived in summer for what was essentially nine months. Being in California for the coldest and bleakest months of London was a dream. I skipped the ‘January blues’, the late snow that somehow always arrives in February and the all-round biting London cold that we all…

Middlesbrough: A Small Town in Sheffield

The starting point for anything I have to say about these photos is at the same time both geographical and personal. I cannot think of myself without relation to home – without an inbuilt compass that points due north. The focus of the photos is to portray this environment, and this fundamentally involves the industrial…