Troye Sivan: ‘Bloom’ Review

Our Editor Laurie Shelly reviews the young Australian pop-star’s latest album ‘Bloom’ “I’m taking in the sights and measuring the sounds.” On “Seventeen,” the opening track of Troye Sivan’s sophomore album, twenty-three-year-old Sivan recalls a younger version of himself making a conscious decision to record and commit to memory his own coming-of-age. With a strange mixture of discomfort and excitement swirling around amidst warm synths, … Continue reading Troye Sivan: ‘Bloom’ Review

ALT-J: Interview with Gusset Unger-Hamilton

I was sitting there sweating, almost hyperventilating as the phone dialled out twice before it was picked up by the very talented and courteous Gusset Unger-Hamilton, of alt-J. In 2012, alt-J’s debut album won the British Mercury Prize. They’ve been nominated for three Brit Awards (British Breakthrough act British Album of the Year and British Group of the Year). They were voted BBC Radio 6 … Continue reading ALT-J: Interview with Gusset Unger-Hamilton

A Grade A-Level Fergal Nesbitt

Julie Crowley, Deputy Entertainment Editor, interviews Fergal Nesbitt, the cover star of the London Royal Academy of Art’s A-level Summer Exhibition Online The Royal Academy of Art’s A-level Summer Exhibition Online is a showcase of the UK’s young artistic talent. Over 2000 entries were submitted by artists aged 16-18 who attend sixth-form colleges or schools in Britain. The submissions were judged by Royal Academician Mali … Continue reading A Grade A-Level Fergal Nesbitt

The Power Of Uncertainty

Chloe Harte navigates the murky waters of an uncertain life-path, and chooses to find strength in the unpredictable As university students, we occupy a transitional space. No longer are our days symmetrically divided into morning, break, afternoon, lunch, after-lunch timeslots, and yet, we have not reached a completely autonomous stage. Living with parents, or being financially dependent, we cannot pretend that we occupy the societal … Continue reading The Power Of Uncertainty

Meet Danielle McLaughlin, Writer-In-Residence at UCC

Our Feature and Opinions Editor Liz Hession sits down with writer Danielle Mc Laughlin about her work and her newly appointed position as UCC Writer in Residence 2018-19. Each year, UCC’s English Department appoints a Writer in Residence. The role is designed to provide a writer with a unique opportunity to develop their practice in a university environment while giving members of the university community … Continue reading Meet Danielle McLaughlin, Writer-In-Residence at UCC

“Do You Speak English?”

Features Columnist Laura McMahon discusses her experience of learning a foreign language in an Anglophone world. The British Council reckons that English is spoken at a useful level by 1.75 billion people – a staggering 25% of the world’s population. Despite being the hip, universal language of the movers and shakers nowadays, as a native speaker, the English language will be your worst enemy if … Continue reading “Do You Speak English?”

Body Positivity: Flourishing or Floundering?

Sarah Healy discusses body positivity in the media and how current inclusivity efforts are not a one-size-fits-all. The Netflix original show “Insatiable” recently emerged amidst a fanfare of controversy and criticism. Seemingly intended to be a dark satire highlighting beauty standards and body shaming, many believe its weak attempts to promote body positivity were overshadowed by contradictory and tactless messages. It seems the show missed … Continue reading Body Positivity: Flourishing or Floundering?