I’m From Wigan, Me: A Love Letter To My Home Town

Published 14th October 2020 by The Hysteria Collective On the main road, the buzz of suburban, school-run traffic makes for a polite yet incessant accompaniment to my uphill walk. I squint my eyes, fighting against the sun, and see the corner shop on the horizon. My strides get longer and faster. Pushing the door open, a sharp bell rings and the thick scent of the … Continue reading I’m From Wigan, Me: A Love Letter To My Home Town

Family Is A Privilege, Not A Right

Published 4th October 2020 by The Indiependent Love Letters To My 20s: A Fortnightly Column On The Stigma Surrounding Our Twenties “It’s important to keep in mind that we decide the value people have in our lives, which means we can significantly control how much they affect us. It also means we can decide how much space they can take up in our minds.” – Chidera Eggerue, How To … Continue reading Family Is A Privilege, Not A Right

The Art Of The Panic Masters: How Do I Graduate?

Published 20th September 2020 by The Indiependent Love Letters To My 20s: A Fortnightly Column On The Stigma Surrounding Our Twenties “‘Our anxiety does not come from thinking about the future,’ noted the writer Kahlil Gibran, ‘but from wanting to control it.’” – Pandora Sykes, How Do We Know We’re Doing It Right? Ah, Masters degrees. Filled with a confusing concoction of intelligent go-getters with mood boards, perfectly … Continue reading The Art Of The Panic Masters: How Do I Graduate?

Criticism Can Be Your Friend, If You Let It

Published 6th September 2020 by The Indiependent Love Letters To My 20s: A Fortnightly Column On The Stigma Surrounding Our Twenties “Uncomfortable and liberating- exactly what growth is supposed to feel like.” – Florence Given, Women Don’t Owe You Pretty Criticism is a weird one. It can simultaneously hurt your ego, crush your passion, and embarrass you, whilst also allowing you to evolve into a … Continue reading Criticism Can Be Your Friend, If You Let It

Idolising Your Teenage Body: I ‘Peaked’ In Sixth Form Too

Published 23rd August 2020 by The Indiependent Love Letters To My 20s: A Fortnightly Column On The Stigma Surrounding Our Twenties “I wish for that time back. All that time that was supposed to be about discovering the world and who I was became wasted on making myself smaller and smaller. Imagine if we all stopped expending so much energy on trying to change our … Continue reading Idolising Your Teenage Body: I ‘Peaked’ In Sixth Form Too

Introducing ‘Love Letters To My 20s’: Life Doesn’t End At 25

Published 9th August 2020 by The Indiependent “Rambunctious, restless and ramshackle. Roving, raucous and rebellious. My roaming decade; my roaring twenties.”― Dolly Alderton, Everything I Know About Love “Your twenties,” slurred my best friend’s mum, before she hiccupped, giggled and sipped her over-filled glass of white wine, “will be the best years of your life. Lap it all up while you can, girls”. It was … Continue reading Introducing ‘Love Letters To My 20s’: Life Doesn’t End At 25

#BlackLivesMatter: Supporting The Movement By Diversifying Theatre Consumption

Published 8th June 2020 by The Indiependent Since the death of George Floyd on the 25th of May 2020, the world has seen what is being described as “the biggest civil rights movement in history”. Alongside signing petitions, donating, and protesting in a variety of forms, people are being called to educate themselves on racism, Black culture, and a repeated history of oppression and marginalisation. … Continue reading #BlackLivesMatter: Supporting The Movement By Diversifying Theatre Consumption

Meet Veritas Theatre Arts: The Platform for Young People During Lockdown and Beyond

Published 19th May 2020 by The Indiependent During the past couple of weeks, you might have seen one or two videos of people singing, monologuing, or painting by their bathroom sinks, floating around on social media. (No, this isn’t a new, quarantine-bred TikTok trend!) Veritas Theatre Arts are the Wakefield-based theatre company who are taking the arts scene by storm, starting the #bythesink movement in … Continue reading Meet Veritas Theatre Arts: The Platform for Young People During Lockdown and Beyond