Why Blonde Roots should be on your reading list

Bernadine Evaristo, Anglo-Nigerian novelist, poet and activist, won the Booker award in 2019 for Girl, Woman Other; an eye-opening novel which explores the life experiences of Black British women in contemporary Britain.  Evaristo is the first Black female author to top the fiction chart in the UK and campaigns for greater BAME recognition in UK…

April reading round up

This month I have decided to publish a ‘reading round up’.  Being a book lover, I’ve always supported and bought from independent stores, but due to the current restrictions, I’ve made the late transition to the digital era!  I purchased a Kindle and I can’t put it down. April reads have been varied – ranging…

Portraits in 2020

Not long ago, I stumbled across an incredibly moving Instagram account, Portraits in 2020.  I had the pleasure of chatting to David Cavan, the man behind the project and photographer behind the lens. ‘Portraits in 2020’ is a portrait of a different person every day for one year.  David asks everyone the same question, so…

Potty for Tea

Full article published in Lifestyle, The Mancunion. Spilling the tea on Britain’s tea addiction

Feeling Loopy

London girls Georgia and Millie have been best friends since school; they both love fashion, getting inventive and designing their own funky accessories. They would spend time in the school holidays making necklaces, earrings, headbands. Struggling to find quirky, well-made accessories at an affordable price, the girls seized the gap in the market and started…

Trippy visions or ceremonial practice?

When tobacco was first discovered by European voyagers in the sixteenth century, it provoked moral outrage at the prospect of a diabolic herb perforating its way into European society.  It was used in Mesoamerican cultures for medicinal and spiritual benefits.  As the tobacco plant was hotly debated amongst Europeans, its slow incorporation into western value…

The DeMoo Story

The student trio behind DeMoo Jeans share a love for vintage clothing and up-cycling. I chatted to Sassie, Jess and India about how their creative skills led to the creation of a successful sustainable brand, one that promotes a stance against fast fashion and has taken the student population by storm. From a young age,…

5 pieces of creative advice

Exactly a year has passed since I was sitting in Chapter One Books, avoiding French Literature revision by writing the ‘Manchester Coffee Crawl.‘   It’s only right I should reflect on this year’s blogging journey and perhaps inspire others to join me.  Today I am yet again procrastinating by writing this post, ignoring tomorrow’s French exam. …

Challenge Accepted: The 3 Peaks

I love hiking.  Some people find it strange that a 19 year old university student would say this, but it’s true….  I repeat:  I love hiking. That’s why I have decided to take on my biggest challenge yet:  The Three Peaks Challenge. In June 2019, as part of Manchester Raise and Give (RAG), we are…