Confessional: An intimate interview with Janet Devlin

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“I wrote poetry rather than songs, it took the pressure off. I can’t write when I’m in survival mode” BY SAMANTHA GRIERSON, IMAGE BY CLAIRE BROWN In a grey and uninspiring room, I met with Janet Devlin. She’s pre performance and taking time out before she takes the stage for the third night of her Confessional tour, [….]

Book review: A Boob’s Life

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“As a trans woman, this book gripped me like no other I can remember” BY SOPHIE ROBBINS What do you call your breasts? At one point, US novelist and screenwriter Leslie Lehr’s magisterial “boob biog” lists 146 nicknames for the human mammary gland. You smirk or blink at terms like kahunas and sweater meat, but [….]

A review of Comets ahead of the Femspectives Film Festival

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“The film considers the complexities of two teenage girls exploring their sexuality while living in a sheltered community” BY HARRIET ARGENT This weekend (23-25 April 2021) marks the third annual Femspectives Film Festival, an event providing a platform for feminist storytelling and conversations around social issues and politics. We’re taking a closer look at one [….]

REVIEW: The Inverts by Crystal Jeans

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“I wanted to know every aspect of Bart and Bettina Dawes’s lives up until the present day, especially the scandalous parts” BY SARAH WINGROVE Bart likes men and Bettina likes women. With the societal expectations of the 1920s weighing down on them, the two childhood friends decide to get engaged, hiding and protecting their true [….]

BOOKS: Review of The Unwelcome Visitor by Denise Welch

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Denise Welch candidly opens up about her ongoing battle with depression in new autobiography BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS The Unwelcome Visitor is the name that TV star Denise Welch gives to the episodes of clinical depression she has suffered from over the past 30 years.  In her typically candid style, Denise brings humour and honesty to [….]