Steady as She Grows

Mercedes Dawson’s Poem on the realisation that she can step into herself and that she can be a place of strength Art by Mercedes Dawson I no longer feel the weight of tiredness, triedness, fasten down my bones to the position of sitting, or hold me still, sedentary. Somewhere between all the ways in which…

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…

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…

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…

The Power

Words by Delilah Kealy-Roberts Art By DAisy Macari CW: sexual AssAult  Power dynamics. That’s what it’s all about isn’t it? Whether it be a political struggle or negotiating early stages of a relationship, the concept of ‘power’ seems to be at the forefront of everyone’s mind. Who has it? Is it in the right hands?…