A Stranger To Myself: Why can’t I remember my early youth?

Words by Ryan GrAy Art by Amanda La Forest “What is your earliest memory?” I guarantee you will hear some excellent stories if you pose that question to your friends next time you’re at the pub. Mine for instance, was walking in on my parents in the living room at the innocent age of 3 years…

The Rabelaisian Woman: Women poo too

Words by Delilah Kealy-Roberts Art by Daisy Macari The unknown is also the unseen; the avoided, the obscured and the denied. We can learn to ‘unknow’, closing the shutters nice and tight and filtering out the slightly distasteful. We can, and we do. The unknown is selective, it is “eww too much information” and it…

Neuro-nonsense: Bending gender science

By Shaina Ford Artwork by Aurora Hawcroft It’s an exciting time to be a feminist. We’re in the fourth wave, and the air is electric. In one way or another, everybody’s talking about gender. We’re challenging structures, questioning norms and breaking down binaries. But times of reformation are times of unknown – they come with…

Playwriting for Dummies: What would Harold Pinter think?

‘Oh look! A competition for a play… I write, I can write a play, can’t I? Yes, easy, I’ll just dash it off over the summer… Right, fresh word document, clean desk, let’s begin. The beginning…so… Where shall I start?’ Following the example of Julie Andrews, I began at the very beginning – a very…

Musings on the Unknown

By Caleb Assirati Artwork by Katie Goodrum The unknown breaks me. I feel it call into question all that I am until it, like that which confronts in conflict, is assimilated into self. It sits, in the space it forces in me, ready to be broken like that which it broke before, on the side…

We Need Better Language to Talk About Inequality

By Toubab Amouma Xaliss Art by Julia Oborne It’s a privilege to not get killed by the police, it’s a privilege to have a passport that allows you to travel to more than five countries visa free, it’s a privilege to have social security, it’s a privilege to not be a house servant or a…

Encountering Value Beyond the Certainty Machine

By Albert Woods Art by Ella Chedburn (Instagram: @echedburn) I am sitting in a car, in the passenger seat. I’m tired, sad and a little bit pissed off. It’s been a demanding week, a funeral followed by a wedding. My sister is driving us back to London from the wedding and I finally feel able…

Something we should really KNOW about in Ecuador

Words by Rex Fisher Art by Janina Gude (Instagram: janinagude) “Give it a cry!” sneered my gobby sixteen-year-old brother, Patrick, as the both of us poked fun at Ross Kemp “givin’ it a cry” somewhere deep in the Ecuadorean rainforest. We were watching a late-night repeat of ‘Ross Kemp: Battle for the Amazon’, in which…

Gaga: Broken Bones and Beauty Standards

By Evie Edwards Artwork by Tasnim Isma This article is part of our ‘UNKNOWN’ series. Next piece to be published on 11th December. Forty minutes into Chris Moukarbel’s new Netflix documentary, we see a young woman lying on a sofa, crying out in pain as a physiotherapist massages the right side of her body. We…

Never Mind Strength and Stability: The Progress of Brexit

By Charlie Smith Artwork by Louis Byrne This article is part of our UNKNOWN series. Next piece to be published on 4th December. Brexit. That old chestnut. Its name is now familiar, but its progress is slow. There are many things to sort out concerning the United Kingdom leaving the European Union, yet recently negotiations…