8 tips for good writing

“Writing and reading decrease our sense of isolation. They deepen and widen and expand our sense of life: they feed the soul.” Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird Maybe it was the post-it notes my mum used to slip into my lunchbox, or the teacher who lived and breathed his craft. Or maybe it was theContinue reading “8 tips for good writing”

NUDE PHOTO HACKING, RICKY GERVAIS AND THE POWER OF WORDS

At the start of the week, news broke of a group of hackers who had accessed hundreds of nude photos of celebrities. They are threatening to release them all online.   I don’t want to write about the victim-blaming that has happened as a result of this: I’m tired of it. But in case itContinue reading “NUDE PHOTO HACKING, RICKY GERVAIS AND THE POWER OF WORDS”

BRIDE BLOG #6: SIX WEDDING WEIGHT LOSS TIPS (BECAUSE NO ONE LIKES A FAT BRIDE)

Dear bride-to-be, Congratulations on your engagement! You worked hard at achieving that slim body and hey presto, result! There’s a ring on your finger (oh, and someone who put it there). It was all worth it, huh? So, what you did was great and you should be proud. But girl, we need to keep going!Continue reading “BRIDE BLOG #6: SIX WEDDING WEIGHT LOSS TIPS (BECAUSE NO ONE LIKES A FAT BRIDE)”

MCCONNELL, ROBINSON, LO AND NORTHERN IRISH CLIMATE CHANGE.

I spent a lot of yesterday gawking at my phone/computer and gasping as our wee country struggled to get it together and ended the day with a very mixed tone. I asked how people were feeling on Twitter. Here are some responses. To back-track: Pastor James McConnell from Whitewell Metropolitan Tabernacle in Belfast preached a sermon twoContinue reading “MCCONNELL, ROBINSON, LO AND NORTHERN IRISH CLIMATE CHANGE.”

Elliot Rodger & Gender Violence

This weekend, news broke of the deaths of 7 people in Isla Vista, California. One of these was thought to have killed the other 6 with 3 weapons.  It has emerged that the person who killed 4 men on his way to and 2 women in a sorority house associated with UCSB, was Elliot Rodger. AsContinue reading “Elliot Rodger & Gender Violence”

FREEDOM SONGS

Off the back of the sold-out ‘Freedom Songs’ event in November 2013 at Crumlin Road Gaol, Hannah McPhillimy is releasing a 3-track EP of some the songs from the night itself, with all proceeds going to No More Traffik. Amidst a hugely successful year of breaking onto Northern Ireland’s music scene, Hannah bravely lets goContinue reading “FREEDOM SONGS”

BRIDE BLOG #3: BEHIND SCHEDULE IN BECOMING THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BRIDE OF ALL TIME

According to my wedding planning app I should have begun a beauty regime two weeks ago, allowing myself 6 months of grooming and pruning to turn me into The Most Beautiful Bride of All Time or, at the very least, The Most Beautiful I Have Ever Looked. I should already be upping my vitamins, supplementsContinue reading “BRIDE BLOG #3: BEHIND SCHEDULE IN BECOMING THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BRIDE OF ALL TIME”

NUTS CLOSES DOWN

Lads’ mag Nuts is set to close after seeing its sales plunge by a third since being pulled from Co-operative supermarket stores. Last year thousands of us called on shops to ‘lose the lads’ mags’ – and the Co-operative’s subsequent action is testament to what’s possible when we speak out together. This is really good news.Continue reading “NUTS CLOSES DOWN”

#internationalwomensday inspiring change

Today I get to celebrate women at 3 International Women’s Day events with work. I’m just back from the first, and I’m still processing it – it was hugely inspiring. Belfast is known for its construction of the Titanic, and in recent years has opened the Titanic Centre, which tells the story of the shipContinue reading “#internationalwomensday inspiring change”